This image shows that in 1962 there was still a clear distance between Qalb Lozeh and Qirq Bizeh. By the late 1990s only two or three fields and a road separated the two ancient settlements.
These images show the tell to the south of Qaryatayn and the surrounding landscape, including the remains of the spring that once fed the surrounding area.
This gives a view over the cloister and beyond to the orchard and hills to the west of Qaryatayn.
Type: Archaeological Excavation
Tags: Archaeological Excavation, Archaeology, Dayr Mar Elian, Dayr Mar Elian Archaeological Project, Landscape, Mar Elian, Mar Elian esh-Sharqi, Qaryatayn, Syria, Syrian Civil War
These views of the remains of Halabiyeh were taken downstream of the site, standing on the ruins of Zalabiyeh.
The ancient monastic cemetery of Deir Mar Musa is located in the wadi west of the monastery. It was mentioned by Sir Richard Burton in the C19th and had been comprehensively looted by the latter part of the C20th.
This was the only route into Deir Mar Musa for visitors until the early C21st and involved taking a rough track into the mountains from An Nabk for around 18 kilometres before hiking for another 2 kilometres along a watercourse to reach the monastery.
The narrow rock defile north of Maaloula is called by the local inhabitants the siq and (not entirely seriously) compared with the defile at Petra in Jordan. This part of the town and the high ground above and around the town was used for Roman and Late Antique burials.
This is a view of the distinctive houses of Maaloula that are built on top of each other terraced into the steep-sided valley in which the town is located.
This is the only overland route to Tusheti from the rest of Georgia, apart from a hiking trail that leads to Khevsureti. The pass is only open in high summer and is inaccessible for around eight months a year.
This is a panoramic view of the Roman era ruins at Palmyra taken from Qalat Ibn Maan, the castle to the west of the city.