Extent of the Damage in Palmyra Gets Documented

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April 1st, 2017 – Fort Russ News –

– Breakingnews.sy – – translated by Samer Hussein –             

Head of the Directorate of Antiquities in Homs, Hossam Hamish, revealed the extent of the damage, caused by ISIS terrorists during their last siege of the ancient Syrian city Palmyra.

12 out of 16 remaining columns, the chief one including, were reportedly destroyed, with the damage also being dealt to the middle part of the facade of the Roman amphitheater in Palmyra that led to the podium. Pieces of facade were later found crushed on the ground.

Hamish also spoke about the damage at the National Museum in Palmyra and deliberate destruction of exhibits, displayed inside the museum. Facial carvings, found on a funeral coffin were slightly damaged and parts of some of the statues, located on the eastern wall, had fallen off, in addition to the damage done to the filling documentation and records that were placed inside the metal cabinets.

He also said that the restoration work of some of the halls of the museum is underway and is coordinated with the General Directorate of Antiquities and Museums of Syria. A lot of archaeological material is currently said to be scattered around the 104 hills surrounding Palmyra, thus making it vulnerable to the looters, smugglers and illegal excavators, with attempts to securing them already being made.

Regarding the antiquities of Palmyra museum, Hamish assured that they were collected, put in wooden boxes and later transported to safe places in Damascus, before the terrorists arrived.

The antiquities, whose number is estimated to be around 9000, are in a good shape and precisely documented.

In the past, the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra fell in the hands of ISIS and other terrorist groups a few times during the time of the war in Syria. Its latest liberation by the Syrian Army came on March 2nd.

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