Homs, SANA – Authorities retrieved two archeological items which terrorist groups had illegally dug out and buried under a farmland ground to the south of Palmyra city in the countryside of Homs.
The terrorists meant to smuggle the items outside the country at a later time.
A source from Homs province told SANA reporter that the two archeological items date back to the 2nd and 3rd centuries.
One of the items is a medium-sized limestone statue of a Palmyran headless man wearing a traditional long dress and a cloak, holding a branch in his left hand.
The other item features a funeral bed with three busts carved between its legs. The bust to the right depicts a Palmyran man, also in the traditional outfit, whose beard and moustaches are shaven and holding a key in his left hand.
The traditional dress and cloak also characterize the man featured on the bust in the middle, while the bust to the left portrays a Palmyran woman wrapped in a cloak over a long dress, holding a knitting equipment in her left hand.
All three people depicted are shown holding the edge of their cloaks in their right hands.
The source pointed out that the terrorists had covered the funeral tableau with cement to better hide it, causing its deformation.