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Authorities find archeological Palmyrene painting hidden inside Daesh den

Homs, While combing the area of Palmyra in Homs eastern countryside, authorities found an archeological painting dating back to the 2nd century AD that was hidden inside a den of Daesh (ISIS) terrorists before being crushed.

SANA reporter in Palmyra said that authorities found a unique archeological painting in Palmyra that had been skillfully carved by a Palmyrene artist in the 2nd century AD.

The painting was hidden inside one of Daesh dens on outskirts of Palmyra southern farms, according to the reporter who indicated that Daesh terrorists stole the painting from one of the ancient Palmyrene cemeteries to smuggle it and sell it abroad.

Throughout the period when Daesh terrorists were spreading in Palmyra city over the past years, they had stolen huge number of archeological artifacts and they sabotaged many archeological sites and monuments in a systematic way.

In a statement to SANA reporter in Palmyra, Secretary of Homs National Museum Lubaba al-Ali said that the found archeological artifact is a painting with dimensions of 60 x 40 cm.

Al-Ali added that the painting, which dates back to the Romanian era in the 2nd and 3rd centuries AD, was carved on hard limestone as it represents a gravestone of a Palmyrene man who wears a cloak and who has a curly hair and a beard.

She indicated that the painting was registered and transported to Homs National Museum.

Over the past years, terrorist organization have smuggled thousands of archeological pieces outside Syria and they have sold them at the international markets as hundreds of them were discovered at the markets of the neighboring states, particularly Turkey and Jordan.

Furthermore, the authorities have foiled tens of attempts to smuggle archeological artifacts in Homs and other provinces.

Source: Syrian Arab News Agency