Buried Treasure in Palmyra, Syria : Stock Photo
Buried Treasure in Palmyra, Syria : Stock Photo
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Buried Treasure in Palmyra, Syria - stock photo

In the foreground the ornate carved stone work of an ancient Roman temple Pediment pokes out of the rubble strewn ground in the desert near Palmyra. This partially buried treasure has yet to be excavated and it is unknown what more of the structure lies beneath, buried in the desert sands. It is a tantalizing glimpse of the riches that have yet to be discovered in the ancient Roman city of Palmyra in Syria.These riches are currently being plundered and looted by organised gangs and much of the trade in illegal antiquities and smuggling is controlled by Islamic State as the chaos of the Syrian Civil War continues.In the background the medieval Qalaat Ibn Maan castle sits on top of the highest barren and parched desert hilltop overlooking Palmyra. This scene is set against a backdrop of a sand storm which has filled the air with brown yellowish dust and created an ethereal light which enhances the atmosphere of these ancient ruins.Palmyra is an oasis in the Syrian Desert, north-east of Damascus. Palmyra contains the monumental ruins of a great city that was one of the most important cultural centres of the ancient world. From the 1st to the 2nd century, the art and architecture of Palmyra, standing at the crossroads of several civilisations, married Greco-Roman techniques with local traditions and Persian influences. The ruined city was discovered by European travelers in the 17th and 18th centuries, contributing greatly to the subsequent revival of classical architectural styles and urban design in the West.


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