A team of archaeologists has announced new discoveries unearthed at the archaeological site of the ancient city of Bosra, southern Syria.
The team headed by Mr. Alaa al-Saleh uncovered several archeological finds dating back to Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman periods, while excavating an area near the Roman bathhouses in Bosra.
“The finds include a channel made of basalt stones and parts of the western yard’s pillars, in addition to two clay-made lanterns dating back to the Byzantine area and a basin in front of the street which leads to the theatre,” said Mr. al-Saleh to the Syrian Arab News Agency.
Archaeologists also found some traditional walls dating back to the Ottoman era.
“The goal of the excavation works is to prepare the site for renovation and for receiving visitors and tourists,” explained Mr. al-Saleh.
“The excavation project at the southern Roman bathhouses came within the Department’s plan for the last season to complete the excavation, which started in the previous seasons with the aim of discovering more about the bathhouses”, added Wafaa al-Audi, Director of Bosra’s Antiquities Department.
The archaeological site of Bosra was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1980.
It is famous for the well preserved Roman amphitheatre dating back to the second century CE, probably built under the Emperor Trajan.