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Illegal Excavations

Deir Ezzor – Tall Schech Hamad: the site of Tall Schech Hamad, once again looted

  Tell Sheikh Hamad (Arabic: تل الشيخ حمد) is an archeological site in western Syria on the lower Khabur River. It is the site of the ancient Assyrian city of Dūr-Katlimmu, which bore the Aramaic name Magdalu after the fall of the Assyrian Empire (7C BCE). The town may have ...

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Deir Ezzor – Tell al-Sen : the site of Tell al-Sen, once again looted

According to a DGAM report, more than 200 pits and deep shafts have been dug in the area of the Byzantine cemetery, north of the city wall of the tell. Plunderers have disturbed and looted the tombs they have discovered during these illegal excavations. Besides, many areas of the site ...

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Qala’at el-Mudiq – Apamea : report on the actual state of citadel and archaeological site

In 2012, the citadel is bombed during several days by tanks positioned in the archaeological area of the ancient site of Apamea. As soon as the official Syrian army took control of the citadel, it used bulldozers to trace a road on the flanks of the tell on top of ...

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Idlib – Tell Mardikh – Ebla: report on the actual state of archaeological site

The New York Times: Grave Robbers and War Steal Syria’s History 07.04.2013 by C. J. CHIVERS : TELL MARDIKH, Syria — Ali Shibleh crawled through a two-foot-high tunnel until reaching a slightly larger subterranean space. He swung his flashlight’s beam into the dark. A fighter opposed to President Bashar al-Assad, ...

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Abou Kemal – Tell Hariri – Mari : report on the actual state of archaeological site 21.12.2012

Mari (modern Tell Hariri, Syria) was an ancient Sumerian and Amorite city, located 11 kilometers north-west of the modern town of Abu Kamal on the western bank of the Euphrates river, some 120 km southeast of Deir ez-Zor, Syria. It is thought to have been inhabited since the 5th millennium ...

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