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Roman cemetery in Damascus was discovered

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Roman cemetery in Damascus
Roman cemetery in Damascus

In 2016, a limestone cemetery dating back to Roman times was discovered in the city of Rakhleh in the Qatana region of Syria (40 km west of Damascus). The discoverer is a farmer who came across the tomb while working in the field.

Immediately after the information was transferred to the authorities, a team of experts was sent to the site who said that the find dates back to the 2nd-3rd century CE. Roman cemetery on a square plan. Going down the stairs, you come across the entrance to three chambers, each with several tombs. At the moment, 15 have been discovered.

In the chambers, candlesticks, wreaths, lanterns, jewellery, and bronze coins were found. According to archaeologists, the tomb also has a unique stone statue of the priest, 2 meters high and 1.2 meters wide. This find is the first of its kind in Syria, which in turn proves how advanced carving was during Roman times.

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