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Archeological conference, exhibition on Syrian al-Marqab citadel kicked off in Hungary

An exhibition on the Syrian Qalaat al-Marqab [Margat] kicked off Tuesday in Rattskava city in Hungary in the presence of the Director of Cultural Relations in the Hungarian cabinet Mrs. Kotalin Shylock.

The 22-day exhibition held within the activities of the archeological conference being held in Esztergomcity includes the results of the joint Syrian-Hungarian mission operating in Qalaat al-Marqab [al-Marqab citadel], which is located near Baniyas city.

Important archaeological site in Hasaka damaged by terrorists

The Directorate-General of Antiquities and Museums has declared that the Tel Taban site in Hasaka province has been damaged because of attacks carried out by armed terrorist groups there.

It said in a statement released Thursday that terrorists dug three tunnels in the western and northern sides of the hill [Tel Taban] causing big damages to the important archaeological levels of the hill, which is located south of the city of Hasaka on the eastern bank of al-Basel Lake dam.

DGAM, local community protected Tel Mozanin northeastern Syria

 The Directorate General of Antiquities and Museums (DGAM) has confirmed that Tel Mozan plus hundreds of archaeological sites  in Qameshli area are in 'excellent shape' due to the cooperation of the local community with the directorate.

It said in a statement published on the DGAM's website  that the local community protected Tel Mozan and the other sites from the gangs and smugglers in the said area, which is located in northeastern of Syria.

The statement was published yesterday following a visit made by DGAM's Director General Maamoun Abdulkarimto Tel Mozan and archaeological sites in al-Qameshli and Malkeyeh areas in Hasaka province.

The DGAM thanked the local community for protecting the archaeological sites during the difficult circumstances the country is going through.

Tel Mozan is one of the most important  archaeological sites in Qameshli area where U.S. mission worked for many years and discovered that there is an important kingdom, whose buildings date back to 3000-1400 BC.

There are 10.000 archeological sites in Syria, 300 of them have been damaged since the start of the terrorist war on Syria, Abdulkarim told the French Le Figaro newspaper last year.


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International experts held meeting on safeguarding of Syria's cultural heritage

The participants in the international experts' meeting held in Berlin have underscored the necessity of preserving Syria's cultural heritage, according to the Directorate-General of Antiquities and Museums in Damascus.

The DGAM said in statement released Monday that  the participants called for mobilizing international and Syrian efforts to safeguard Syria's heritage and indicated the need to develop a common damage assessment and to define priorities in emergency safeguarding measures for the sites affected by the war.

Training course on restoration of damaged heritage in Syria

Fourteen trainees from several Syrian cities have completed a training course recently held in Homs by the DGAM and the Sharjah-based SAWA Consulting Firm [which works on cultural projects in flashpoint areas].

The 6-day course zeroed in on concepts of reconstruction and restoration of the damaged heritage in order to enable the participants to deal with the damaged historical monuments in Syria and to provide them with skills of restoration based on international standards.

The French archaeologist and architect Jacques Seigne Emeritus in cooperation with Director of Restoration Department Eng. Aiman Hamoukandand Director of Historical Monuments Mr. Nazir Awad conducted the course's program, according to the website of the Directorate-General of Antiquities and Museums.