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Italian archaeologist unearths new discoveries in Syria
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09:51, October 05, 2007

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A renowned Italian archaeologist announced on Thursday that his team has unearthed new discoveries in the ancient site of the Ebla Kingdom in Syria which can be dated back to nearly 4000 years ago, the official SANA news agency reported.

Describing his findings as "the most important archaeological discoveries" in recent years, Paulo Mattieh said integrated buildings found at the site can be date back to 1600-1800 B.C., the period of the fall of the kingdom.

"Statues of two women in the royal palace were discovered, the first statue is made of silver and wood and the second one is made of limestone, wood and gold," said Mattieh.

He added that two other statues that were unearthed in one of the palace's rooms can be dated back to the Akkadian age.

Mattieh introduced that his excavation work started in 2004 and the rock temple they found represents the pre-classical period in 2400 B.C. in Syria.

Ebla was an ancient city located in northern Syria, about 330 km north of the capital Damascus.

Source: Xinhua



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