A Militant inspects a mosaic piece at the Alma Arra museum in Maarat al-Numan, in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province, on October 11, 2012.
Ancient Roman-era Odyssey mosaics in northern Syria have been stolen, reminding the world about the increasing pillage of historic Syrian artifacts. The ongoing conflict in the war-torn country has prevented authorities from preserving the treasures.
Ancient mosaics depicting scenes from Homer’s ‘Odyssey’ have been illegally excavated at an Archeological site and smuggled to Lebanon, Syrian Minister of Culture Lubana Mushaweh said in an interview with government daily Tishreen on Sunday. “We have been informed that these mosaics are now on the Syrian-Lebanese border,” she said.
Mushaweh also recalled an 8th-century-BC Aramaic gold-plated bronze statue stolen from a museum in Hama, which has become a battlefield in the conflict between the Syrian army and rebel forces. In December 2012, the statue was put on Interpol’s ‘Most Wanted Works of Art’ poster.
Mushaweh said that the Culture Ministry is unable to protect some “10,000 historical sites scattered around Syria,”and warned that illegal excavations would “damage some sites and buried cities.” However, she stressed that Syria’s museums are “well-guarded,” and that the most valuable artifacts “have been archived and placed in very secure locations.”
Debris lie on the grounds of the damaged Museum of Science in the old city of Aleppo December 27, 2012.
Syria, archaeological disaster zone
For thousands of years, the territory of modern-day Syria was home to several civilizations – the country has stood at the crossroads of numerous cultures and religions. Syria is home to six UNESCO world heritage sites: The ruins of Palmyra, the citadels of Crac des Chevaliers and Qal’at Salah El-Din, the city of Bosra, its ancient northern villages and the Old Cities of Damascus and Aleppo.
Fierce fighting in Damascus and Aleppo has resulted in the destruction of many historic landmarks; UNESCO…JA
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