domingo, 22 de enero de 2012

ArchaeoHeritage - Early Byzantine structure unearthed in Syria

The excavation works of the National Archaeological Expedition at Tal Dahret al-Mintar in Salamyieh area in the Hama Province unearthed a group of metal nails and broken crockery and glass pieces in addition to an entrance of a facility and a floor of tiles dating back to the Byzantine period. 

Head of Hama Antiquities Department Abdul Qader Farzat said that the expedition made two probes within the site to the west of Salamyieh watercourse as the first probe unveiled an entrance of a facility in addition to parts of its walls and a floor of tiles that was familiar in the Byzantine period. 

The floor consist of dark-beige slabs of bricks of different size in rectangular and triangle shapes which consist a wonderful geometric decoration along with the flagstones of small and big size, in addition to discovering a part of the base of column which holds the roof. The second probe uncovered a group of walls crossed with each other to form a chamber built of stone and broken bricks.  

Farzat added that the iron nails, pieces and a pestle in the form of prominent head of a lion in addition to a group of pieces of ceramic and glass and a square-shape basalt piece which was used as holder of the roof were unearthed in the place which prevailed in the Byzantine era. 

The finds showed that the building dates back to the 5th or 6th centuries A.D.  


Source: The Archaeology News Network

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