Reports from DGAM regional office in Qamishli state that the local communities in the province could restore a large set of looted artifacts, some of which were stolen of the residence of the working expedition in Tell Mohammad Diab, including pottery and other archaeological objects. Other artifacts of several sites in the province were restored after being looted by heritage hunters when terrorist militants of ISIS took over some areas.
Those artifacts were documented in photos and inventories, then stored in safe places.
Moreover, the local communities in cooperation with DGAM regional office could together safeguard a historical tomb that was found earlier, and, accordingly, the DGAM staff took the necessary measures to provide stronger protection to the tomb.
We, at DGAM, appreciate the attention and support shown and presented by the local communities to the DGAM regional offices and missions around the province of Hassake, so the numerous archaeological sites there could be recently safeguarded from looters and heritage hunters, especially after ending the occupation of ISIS militants. Thanks to that successful collaboration, reports from DGAM office in Hassake and mission in Qamishli assure the stability of more than 1000 archaeological sites in North-East of Syria, which are safe now after minor illegal excavations and unauthorized constructions carried out before restoring the areas from ISIS.