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19 July 2008
Syrian settlement dates back to 5,000 BCE

A number of round buildings that are eight and half meters high and date back to 5,000 BCE were discovered al-Hasaka governorate, 650 kilometres northeast of Damascus (Syria).
     Abdul Massih Baghdo, head of the al-Hasaka Archeology Department also said that a temple that dates back to 2,400 BCE was discovered at the Tel Baidar site, in addition to chambers on the eastern side of the temple that had decorated doors. Baghdo, who said that the archeological expeditions in al-Hasaka concluded their second stage, added that several expeditions, including Russian, French, American-Syrian, German- Syrian and Japanese expeditions, will arrive at the site in middle of August.

Source: Monster and Critics (16 July 2008)

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