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Archaeologists: Unearthed Cemeteries Indicate Human Life in Early Times South of Syria
Global Arab Network - - Maha Karim

Twenty-one underground cemeteries, five of which dating back to the Roman Era between the 2nd and the 4th centuries AD, were recently unearthed in Tell al-Ash'ari (hill) in Daraa Province, southern Syria, along with 3000 different archaeological pieces.

Director of Excavation Department at Daraa Antiquities Qasem Mohammad said the archaeological findings discovered in the site during the latest excavation season included different kinds of pottery, jars, pots, lamps as well as swords, effigies and medals.

He stressed that the importance of the finds stem from the fact that most of them go back to the Middle-Bronze Age, 1800-1700 BC, indicating that Horan area was in the past a juncture and a center connecting various cultures of the old East.
Excavation activities in the northern part of Tell al-Ash'ari revealed building remains from the Roman times, while a building that was used as 'hammamat' (Arabic for baths) was found to the south of the site.

Archaeologist Ayham al-Zou'bi, member of Daraa archaeological mission working in the site, referred to the remarkable discovery of one of the most ten important cities in southern Syria that was unearthed during excavations in Tell al-Ash'ari since 1998. It was estimated that city was built around the 2nd century BC.

Tell al-Ash'ari includes a huge rough stone rampart similar to those found in Tell Ashtara (hill), 5 km to the north of al-Ash'ari.

Another member of the mission, Mohammad al-Eishat, said a number of spearheads, arrowheads and flint scrapers dating back to the Stone Age were found in the western and southern sides of the site among other signs showing evidence of an inhabited area at that time.

The caves that were discovered to the west of Tell al-Ash'ari also indicate the existence of mankind in the area since ten thousand years at a minimum, al-Eishat added.(SNAA)

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