Department Of Syrian-Oriental Antiquities
Among the countries of the ancient Arab Orient , Syria is the one that is the richest in historical and archaeological wealth
It is rightly said that each stone of her soil narrates history of a bygone civilization and that each of her numerous ancient hillocks harbours in its bowels a story from the past and throws tight on the ancient civilizations that existed long in this region
As Syria was on the crossroads of the ancient world , many civilizations sprouted and flourished here and enlightened the far and near countries. It absorbed something from the civilizations of the neighbouring countries and generously gave a lot from her own traditions . From here we perceive that the Syrian classical antiquities have a peculiar character of their own . They vividly represent the history of the Near East as a whole due to their worth and richness of variety . No wonder , most of the historians and archaeologists are attracted to this part of the world . It is noteworthy that the archaeological missions have begun to pour into Syria since the dawn of the 20th century to excavate and clarify the ambiguity that shrouded some periods of history and to unveil the obscurities concerning the ancient civilizations .
Many were the archaeological missions which operated all over Syria particularly after the first world war . Each one of these missions took up a certain site . Prominent among the excavations conducted in our Syrian Arab Region are :
The above-noted excavations have flooded the Syrian museums with Important antiquities , a matter that prompted the Syrian Government to adopt a new system to its museums where each Governorate has now a museum of its own to house the antiquities of the area . The National Museum of Damascus remained the main centre of the important Syrian Antiquities . The Museum has now a very rich collection dating back to all ages and representing successive civilizations .
The Department of Syrio-Oriental Antiquities in the National Museum of Damascus preserves the earliest antiquities of different periods despite the fact that it has recently set up in the Damascus National Museum . It came into existence in 1952 . It was originally an exhibition devoted almost entirely to the important artifacts which came to the Museum from the excavated sites . It has been recently renovated and expanded for housing further collections , until It has become a significant branch of the museum .
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