Tag: SY – Ancient City of Bosra

Projects and studies for restoration of ancient city of Bosra al-Sham completed; SANA

The Bosra al-Sham Department of Antiquities in Daraa governorate has completed documentation of the damages caused to the old city due to the terrorist attacks. The department also prepared studies for some of the necessary works inside the castle to improve situation of the historic…

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Syrians Reclaim Their Heritage and Sovereignty in Bosra al-Sham; Mariam Elba; Muftah

Syria – Ancient City of Bosra

As we’ve covered previously, Syrian grassroots initiatives continue to build alternative social and civic institutions against seemingly impossible odds. Last January, Sina Zekavat of Mangal Media documented one such incredible initiative by the citizens of Bosra al-Sham, a town adjacent to Deraa in the south of the country.

The town is a UNESCO World Heritage site containing invaluable historic sites, including a large Roman amphitheater, and the Al Omari Mosque, one of the world’s oldest standing mosques.

The town was the target of the Assad regime’s bombing campaigns until the Free Syrian Army took control in March 2015.

What followed was an extraordinary refurbishing of the town’s archeological sites, and the institution of collective ownership by the people of Bosra al-Sham over their history and heritage. Zekavat writes:

Since the town’s liberation, an extensive restoration project has taken place in the archaeological site.

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Scientists Shoot Stones to Study War’s Impact on Heritage Sites; Brigit Katz; Smithsonian

Syria – Ancient City of Bosra

The bullets caused hidden networks of fractures beneath the stones’ surfaces.

During wartime, precious historical sites are often caught in the crossfire. Last year, for instance, it was revealed that all six of Syria’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites—among them a Roman amphitheater, a crusader castle, and a 2,000-year-old temple—had been damaged or destroyed during the country’s civil war.

To understand the long-term effects of military conflict on ancient structures, a team of researchers in England headed to a gun range and fired .22-caliber rifles at blocks of stone, Melissa Healy reports for the Los Angeles Times. Their findings, published in the journal Royal Society Open Science, suggest that gunfire can cause networks of tiny fractures beneath the surfaces of ancient stone—even when structures show few signs of external damage.

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The world heritage tourist sites wiped off the map by ISIS; Naomi Leach; Daily Mail

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As ISIS continue to seize control in Iraq and Syria some of the world’s most prized Unesco tourism gems have crumbled in their wake, and 2,000-year-old relics are turning up for sale on eBay.

Source: The world heritage tourist sites wiped off the map by ISIS

Syrian World Heritage Site used as battlefield; Lizzie Porter; Telegraph

Photo: Lizzie Porter

A video released by Apsa, the Association for the Protection of Syrian Archaeology, showed damage to Roman mosaics and the ancient stonework at the Unesco World Heritage site of Bosra in southern Syria.

Source: Syrian World Heritage Site used as battlefield

Here’s A Look At Some Of The Ancient Sites Destroyed By ISIS And The Syrian Civil War; David Mack; Buzzfeed

Photo: Jose Javier Martin Espartosa

Years of fighting and the emergence of the fanatical militant group ISIS have taken a heavy toll on some of humankind’s greatest treasures.

Source: Here’s A Look At Some Of The Ancient Sites Destroyed By ISIS And The Syrian Civil War

Syria, Paradise Lost: Part I; Norbert Schiller; Mint Press News

Photo: Norbert Schiller

Remembering visits to Syria’s lesser-known sites from antiquity, now threatened by conflict. Aleppo, Assad, Daraa, Hafez al-Assad, Syria, UNESCO, World Heritage Sites…

Source: Syria, Paradise Lost: Part I

New Discoveries at Ancient City of Bosra; Science News

A team of archaeologists has announced new discoveries unearthed at the archaeological site of the ancient city of Bosra, southern Syria.

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