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Ministry of Interior: Archaeological artifacts were found buried on agricultural land in Homs

On October 17, the  Security Branch in Homs discovered artifacts buried in agricultural land in the village of Al-Ghantoot. The artifacts  were buried by a member of armed terrorist groups before the withdrawal of these groups from that area.

The Ministry of Interior stated that after receiving information about the presence of artifacts buried in agricultural land, and after inspecting the place and digging  it up, a group of artifacts and pieces of glass, metal and pottery were found suspected of being archaeological.

The ministry said that  the Directorate of Antiquities and Museums in Homs made tests  on the discovered pieces which are  two big broken glass vessels and ten glass vessels and they date back to the Byzantine period.

In addition  eleven glass vessels of various shapes- small and some of them broken, all of which are antique in addition to ancient pottery vessels with colored drawings dating back to the Islamic period and a small part of an antique pipe dating back to the period of the Ottoman occupation,were found.

Palmyra's funeral scenes ... evidence of an ancient Syrian civilization

The monuments and funeral buildings of Palmyra were valuable scientific material for archaeologists, as they adopted a study and research that distinguished between those intended for the public class of the Tadmuri community and the huge funeral cemeteries of the rich class.

The Palmyrian funerary monuments are of great importance because not only because of their type of funerary monument, but also because it is one of the oldest remains of Palmyra, as most of them date back to the first century AD. Even the symbols and meanings of these monuments related to the world of death and its associated concepts, for this they were classified into several groups according to the inscriptions and images they carried.

The funerary tombstones known in al-Tadmuriyyah language as “Nafsh”, which means the person or the soul. i.e. it was a representation of the buried  person, as it was planted inside a group of small stone pieces above the grave , where an inscription in al-Tadmuriyyah was engraved indicating the deceased, while we find other tombstones containing the funeral feast  which represents the  Palmyrian family with all its members.

Al-Amd” Archaeological Site Remarkable Landmark in Al-Qrayya

The town of “Al-Qrayya”   in Sweida province is rich in its deep-rooted history as it witnessed several remarkable civilizations . Historically, it dates back to the Roman Empire era according to some archaeologists. 

The archaeological site of al-Amd in the town of al-Qrayya  still hides  many secrets which  have not been disclosed .

Head  of  Sweida Antiquities Department, Dr. Nashaat Kiwan told SANA   that this site was linked to the memory of the town’s residents  as an  archaeological site, but there are no documentary studies about its history and its uses. 

He pointed out  that the site includes part of a corridor roofed with basalt hills above cylindrical columns that are not decorated and in the middle of it are small terraces that may not date back to the period of building the columns itself. 

To the west of the Al-Amad site, as Kiwan said, there is an archaeological cemetery in which excavations carried out by the Sweida Antiquities Department showed finds dating back to the Byzantine and Islamic periods.

Sculpture of the Creation Myth ... Civilization as Narrated by the Temple of Bel in Palmyra

Among the many surviving monuments of Palmyra is the remarkable temple of the Semitic god Bel. It  was a treasure of incalculable value that stood as a monument to religious accommodation..

The  sculpture of the myth of creation is considered one of the most important sculptures in the temple of Bel in Palmyra. It embodies  the struggle between  good represented by the god Bel  and  evil represented by the goddess Tiamat.

The sculpture , which  forms one of the girders in the ceiling of the corridor surrounding the sanctuary of the temple,  narrates how the god Bel became god of  gods  of  the Palmyrenes.

Archaeological “Miyamas” temples ... Unique architectural edifices dating back to the second century AD

The village of “Miyamas’ , which is  located about 20 kilometers southeast of the city of  Sweida , is rich in its antiquities  dating back to different eras, most notably of which are the ancient  houses built of basalt stones and the two ancient temples that  narrate  the story of a great deep-rooted past.

 Head of  Sweida Antiquities Department, Dr. Nashat Kiwan told SANA  that the two Miyamas temples date back to the Roman era in the first half of the second century AD.