New archaeological discoveries found in Amrit and Safita in Tartous

Tartous, SANA_ Excavations carried out last year by Tartous Archeology Department at Amrit, Safita and al-Marqab sites resulted in the discovery of a group of important archaeological finds.

Head of Tartous Archeology Department, Marwan Hassan, explained that some pottery fractures were found at Amrit site and an individual grave carved out of fossilized sand.

A human skeleton was also found in addition to other discoveries were made like a lamp and pipe made of clay trays were also found.

In Safita Tower, Hassan said that the archaeological discoveries managed to locate the Knights’ Hall that the Crusaders added in the middle of the 13th century AD.

He explained that through the excavation works it was found that the Talus “a diagonal wall” that was discovered is a part of the outer wall and not part of the wall of the gate and often added to reinforce the gate wall.

As for excavation works at al-Marqab Castle, which is carried out by the Syrian-Hungarian joint mission, it included drawings, fractures pottery and archaeological finds resulting from the works using the latest modern devices and technologies.

Hassan explained that, based on the importance of scientific research in the field of knowledge of the historical stages of the Syrian coasts, a joint Syrian-Russian mission was formed to search for archaeological remains and underwater sites in the waters of the Tartus city and Arwad Island, which began its work during this year.

He pointed out that the mission conducted full search according to specific segments in the vicinity of Arwad Island and opposite Amrit Beach, using advanced surveying devices. Some points were identified according to the data, which need to be studied and audited in the next stage during the year 2020.


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