Syria retrieves 5 looted artifacts

BEIRUT, Jan.20, (ST)-Syria retrieved on Thursday 5 artifacts that were tooted from Palmyra city during the terrorist ISIS organization’s capture of the city.
The artifacts were handed over to the General Directorate of Antiquities and Museums (GDAM) within an initiative from the “Nabu” museum in Lebanon, according to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA). 

Restoration work on the historic Afqa spring in Palmyra is almost complete

Homs Antiquities Director Hosam Hamish said in a statement to SANA that the restoration work included the removal of the spring stream from the rubble and the restoration of the archaeological cave and its exit, which had been damaged by terrorist attacks.
Hamish noted that the work also involved the detection of the entire staircase leading to the spring stream, and the reconstruction of the wall above the cave using old stone-like embroidered stones that are similar to ancient stones. In addition to the discovery of some of the archeological levels adjacent to the spring site in order to restore the historic spring site as it used to be.

Directorate of Antiquities and Museums recovers five Palmyra funerary statues

Five funerary statues of Palmyra antiquities were stolen during the years of the war on Syria, and the General Directorate of Antiquities and Museums is working to restore them to become part of the collections of the Damascus National Museum.

According to a statement issued by the Ministry of Culture, these pieces were from the assets of the Nabu Museum in Beirut, that had  previously been bought from European auction houses.

Turkish occupation’s mercenaries intensify the excavations in Syria’s Afrin city to loot antiquities

Aleppo, (ST) -  The mercenaries of the Turkish occupation have intensified excavations for antiquities under the direct supervision of Turkish intelligence bodies in the archaeological area of Tel Dodari in the Turkish-occupied city of Afrin in Aleppo northern countrysideas part of their organized criminal practices against the Syrian heritage.

Restoration Activities at Muzayrib Castle and Amphitheater

The Daraa Department of Antiquities has completed the restoration works of the second phase of the Muzayrib Castle and the first phase of the corridors of the Roman Amphitheater.

Head of Daraa Antiquities Department, Dr. Muhammad Khair Nasrallah stated on Tuesday that the restoration work of the Muzayrib Castle included dismantling and installing stone facades, presenting a carved stone similar to the main stone, removing soil and implementing a traditional mound to support the stones. These activities were carried out side by side with others aiming at the restoration of the corridors of the Roman amphitheater which sustained damage due to natural factors.