German museum to exhibit treasures of Bronze Age kingdom of Syria

A German State Museum will stage a major exhibition of treasures from the forgotten kingdom of Qatna, for the first time in Europe.

German museum to exhibit treasures of Bronze Age kingdom of Syria

World Bulletin / News Desk

For the first time in Europe, Württemberg State Museum will stage a major exhibition of treasures from the forgotten kingdom of Qatna. The ancient city of Qatna was discovered in the 1920s, but was more or less forgotten until in 1999 an international team of archaeologists recommenced excavations there.

"Treasures of Ancient Syria - Qatna Kingdom" Exhibition will be held from 16 October 2009 to 14 March 2010 at the Württemberg State Museum in Stuttgart, Syrian News Agency said.

A promotional campaign to be launched simultaneously with the opening of the exhibition.

Syrian ministry also will hold Syrian tourism days along with the International Exhibition for Caravanning, Motoring and Tourism (CMT) scheduled to be held at the New Stuttgart Trade Fair Center in January 2010.

Qatna is an archaeological site in the Wadi il-Aswad, a tributary of the Orontes, 18 km northeast of Homs, Syria.

It is one of the largest Bronze Age towns in western Syria. The tell is located at the edge of the limestone-plateau of the Syrian desert towards the fertile Homs-Bassin.

The impressive city, which reached its heyday in the 2nd century BC, is still dominating the landscape: 20-m-high ruined walls enclose an almost square area of approx. 110 hectares. The excavation of the palace created a sensation in 2002: a 40-m-long corridor leading downwards from the ceremonial hall gave access to an undespoiled royal burial chamber containing over 2000 artifacts: weapons, garment trimmings, furniture ornaments and gold jewelry with precious stones, fabrics decorated with purple, cylinder seals and other precious accoutrements from the royal tomb.

With great effort it was possible to retrieve these treasures, which had lain undiscovered in the ground for over 3000 years and will now be on display for the first time in Europe at Württemberg State Museum.

The sophisticated presentation with modern media and reconstructions will occupy an exhibition area of over 1000 sq.m. and will also include finds from other ancient royal cities such as Ebla, Mari, Ugarit and Alalach in addition to the unique objects from the royal tomb in Qatna.

Palace of the kingdom was also milestone for archeological excavations about Bronze Age in Syria.

The Royal Palace of Qatna, had over 80 rooms on the floor level, was erected in the centre of the city on a natural cliff overlooking the northern Lower City.
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