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Left lower part of ancient Sweida city's gate discovered
SWEIDA- The Archeology Department of Sweida announced the discovery of the left lower part of the gate of the ancient western city of Sweida, which dates back to the end of the first century A.D. in the Roman Nabataean era.
Head of the Department, Hussein, Zein-Eddin, said the gate's part was uncovered in the property of a citizen to the west of al-Najmeh Square in the city.
Zein-Eddin told SANA that the gate's left lower part was uncovered during examining the real estates of a resident in the framework of municipal work, noting that the part was made of rectangular-shaped finally engraved basalt stones of relatively big sizes.
He mentioned that the discovered part is 2,45 m high, 2.5 long and 2.5 wide and was found on the street leading down to al-Najmeh Palace, noting that the uncovered remnants of the gate will be kept in their place and be protected.
Zein-Eddin added that work will continue in the future to discover the right bottom part of the gate, pointing out that the upper parts of the gate are definitely damaged by humans and their existence is presumed on charts.
The city of Sweida, which represents the center of the province, is located 105 km to the south of the capital Damascus. It was home to civilization since the third century B.C. as it was inhabited by the Arabs, particularly the Canaanites and Aramaeans and later the Nabataeans who expelled the Greek Celeucides during the first century B.C.
Sweida city was also home to the Arab Ghassanids during theByzantine occupation.