Ibla in danger: more damage, illegal excavations and vandalization of the site

My sources for the following report are the the Syrian General Directorate of Antiquities and Museums (DGAMS) and

Le patrimoine archéologique syrien en danger الآثار السورية في خطر

Both sources list and record the damage caused to the site by new and old illegal excavations. They give an account in pictures of a survey conducted by the Department of Antiquities in Idlib, (a division of DGAMS) and the local community in order to assess the extent of the damage. The report commends the efforts and attempts of the locals to preserve and protect the site..

أجرت كوادر دائرة آثار إدلب جولة في موقع تل مرديخ (إيبلا) الأثري، بالتعاون مع المجتمع المحلي، خلال الأسبوع الأول من شهر تشرين الثاني الحالي، لتحديد حجم وطبيعة الأضرار التي تسببّت بها الظروف الطبيعية في الموقع، إضافة إلى تلك الناتجة عن أعمال التنقيب والحفر غير المشروع. 

ويبذل سكان المنطقة وأبناء المجتمع المحلي جهوداً مستمرة ومحاولات لحماية الموقع والتخفيف من حدّة الأضرار التي طالته بسبب حفريات لصوص الآثار خلال فترة طويلة سابقة.

وقد تسبّبت أعمال الحفر ضمن الموقع في كشف نحت بازلتي، استطاعت دائرة آثار ادلب الحصول عليه ونقله وهو محفوظ لديها حالياً.  

إيبلا تل مرديخ، في خطر: الأضرار التي تعرضت لها المنطقة الأثرية (المصدر: المديرية العامة للآثار والمتاحف)..
Ebla –Tell Mardikh en danger : Dommages causés dans la zone archéologique (Source DGAMS).
Ebla –Tell Mardikh under threat: Damages to the archaeological area (DGAMS source).
Ebla –Tell Mardikh en peligro: Daños causados en la zona arqueológica (Fuente DGAMS).
DGAMS: http://dgam.gov.sy/index.php?d=239&id=1054

The links below refer to articles and reports I posted in the past.

https://alisariram.wordpress.com/2012/12/02/271/

https://alisariram.wordpress.com/2013/04/29/looting-vandalization-illegal-excavations-criminal-shelling-and-bombing-the-tragic-fate-of-syrian-antiquities/

https://alisariram.wordpress.com/2013/04/07/destroying-syrias-past/

Ibla, The walls of the royal oalce

Ibla, The walls of the royal oalce

Ibla, excavations in the courtyard of the Royal Palace

Ibla, excavations in the courtyard of the Royal Palace

Ibla: deep excavations, ther height of a wall,  in the Royal Palace

Ibla: deep excavations, the height of a wall, in the Royal Palace

Ibla: Holes dug in the north east of the palace of the prince

Ibla: Holes dug in the north east of the palace of the prince

Ibla: digging in Area P down the Acropol

Ibla: digging in Area P down the acropols

Digging west of the Acropol

Digging west of the acropolis

Ibla: random digging in the area around the Acropol

Ibla: digging down the slope of the acropolis

Ibla: digging west of the acropols

Ibla: digging west of the acropols

Ibla: digging below the acropolis, north west

Ibla: digging below the acropolis, north west

Ibla: hole dug in the area of the acropolos

Ibla: hole dug in the area of the acropolos

Ibla: excavations dug in the walls of the site

Ibla: excavations dug in the walls of the site

Ibl: excavations dug on top of the western wall

Ibl: excavations dug on top of the western wall

Ibla: excavations in the area of the eastern wall

Ibla: excavations in the area of the eastern wall

Below are some views of Ibla before the site was vandalized and excavated by the antiquities traffickers.

Ibla: the Royal palce before vandalization

Ibla: the Royal palce before vandalization

Ibla before vandalization

Ibla before nationalization

Ibla: the Royal palace before vandalization

Ibla: the Royal palace before vandalization

Ibla: general view before vandlization

Ibla: general view before vandlization

 ©Alisar Iram

About alisariram

I am an artist, a writer and a researcher. I know Arabic and English . I am interested in music and art of every description. I like to describe myself as the embodiment of a harmonious marriage between two cultures which I value and treasure.
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