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Syrian Antiquities are a National Economic Treasure and Preserving them is a National Duty

 “ Syria is  a large historical and cultural region. Over the course of millennia , Syria played a very significant role in the formation and development of human civilization . The destruction of archaeological property is an attack on  the heart of civilization as a whole” Eng. Ibrahim Kherbek , Head of Lattakia’s Antiquities said in an interview with the Syriatimes e-newspaper.

 He stressed  that cultural tourism is the cornerstone of Syrian tourism in general, because this kind of tourism depends on the archaeological sites which Syria is famous for.

Antiquities and museums getting ready to go into Ebla archaeological site after its liberation from terrorism

Damascus, (ST) -  After violent battles with terrorist organizations in Idlib countryside, the Syrian Arab Army liberated and restored the archaeological site of Ebla .This great site which was absent from our memories during the period of the spread of terrorism there.

Dr. Mahmoud Hammoud, the Director General of Antiquities and Museums, confirmed in a statement that the Directorate will send a specialized team to the ancient Tel Mrdikh, the Kingdom of Ebla, after it had been patrolled by the Syrian Arab Army with the aim of assessing the damage and documenting the current state of the Tel Mrdikh after the attacks that it was subjected to as well as illegal excavations. That led to the destruction of many of the archaeological sites and the looting of its contents and treasures.

Idleb Directorate of Antiquities Protects the Museum of Maaret Al-Numan from Looting and Vandalism by Terrorists

With  the  liberation of  Maarat al-Numan city in Idleb province by the Syrian Arab Army  after  the terrorists took over  for several years,it was found out that the  staff  of  Idlib Directorate  of Antiquities was  able to preserve and protect   the status of  archaeological  antiquities of the museum  as they had  hidden them  in a secret place  inside the museum.

 “Before the terrorists entered the city, the cadres  managed to collect  the artifacts displayed in the museum's coffers and  transport them to a secret place  in the cellar inside it  to protect them from looting  by the terrorists”.  Director of Idleb Antiquities, Ghazi Aloulou, said in a statement to SANA.

UNESCO World Heritage Report 2019 .. One million Syrian artifacts have been smuggled through Turkey

The destruction and stealing that targeted Syrian antiquities during the war on Syria and the role of the Turkish occupation in looting our archaeological sites were the main topics of the lecture delivered by researcher Muhammad Shaheen, entitled “Syrian Antiquities During the War on Syria and the Turkish Role in Stealing and Destroying them”, at the Cultural Center in Al-Sheikh Badr.

Shaheen emphasized that the war that was launched against Syria was not only a political war, but also an economic and cultural war aimed at destroying Syria,  its people and its civilization, pointing out  that Turkey has played the largest role in that war, in which the cultural side occupies an important role. He stressed that until now there are no accurate figures for the artifacts that have been stolen from Syrian archaeological sites, but UNESCO World Heritage Organization stated that at the beginning of 2019, one million artifacts were smuggled, most of them through Turkey, and  have been sold at 7-15 billion USD.

The most prominent archaeological discoveries in Jableh in 2019

Lattakia, ST- The archaeological excavations in the region of Jableh revealed collective cemeteries  carved in  rocks and funerary monuments and many finds and historical buildings dating  back to different  historical periods that highlight the importance of this region and its historical and cultural role.

Dr. Masoud Badawi, head of the Department of Antiquities of Jableh, told SANA that the excavations last year in the northern side of the village of “Arab al-Malek” south of the city of Jableh, which was known during the second millennium BC as Paltus, resulted in the finding of  mass graves carved in the rock dating back to the Roman era. In addition  pottery sarcophagi and saddles, containing  Greek writings indicating the name of the saddle maker, “Theodorus”, were found.