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French Archaeologists: Two Presses Dating Back to the Byzantine Era in Syria
Global Arab Network - - Amina Murtada
Syria (Idleb), - The French archaeological mission at Parisha site in Idleb (northern Syria) discovered on Monday two presses dating back to the Byzantine era.

Head of the Archaeology Department Nicolas Kabbad said one of the two presses is dedicated for olive pressing and the second for pressing grapes, adding that both presses are made up of rock basins engraved on rock designed for pressing and refinement, gathering the juice in a circular basin 1.5 m in diameter, with a hole for olive and grapes juice to pass.

He added the recent discovery is to be added to a series of archaeological discoveries at the site. The mission has already unearthed 17 olive presses since the outset of its work twenty years ago, adding that efforts are underway to unearth more presses which are an indication of the region's richness in cultivating olives, grapes and many fruitful trees.

The Syrian-German-Italian mission wrapped up excavations on Monday at Tal Qatana in Mesherfe in Homs which started late June.

''During excavations this year at the second cemetery at the royal palace, the mission dug up more than 50 artifacts, the most notable is a golden bracelet inlaid with an azure stone shaped after a circular sealing, in addition to 2 golden clamps and a set of bronze clamps,'' Head of the Archaeology and Museums Department in Homs Fareed Jabbour said.

He added that a golden lamina with a palm tree painted upon it, a small jar made of crystal and a hippopotamus statue, which dates back to the Pharaohs' era, were also unearthed.

Jabbour added that the Department has undertaken collecting documents and photos related to Homs to be exhibited at Mufid al-Amin House, which is to become a documentation center for Homs.

Last year, the mission excavated around 300 ancient golden, rock, bronze and ivory pieces, along with an array of vessels with various sizes and colors.

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