Jordan Returns Smuggled Stone Head to Syria

Published August 14th, 2001 - 02:00 GMT

Jordanian Minister of Tourism Taleb Rifai on Tuesday handed over to the Syrian ambassador to Jordan a stone head confiscated at the Jordanian-Syrian border, reported the official Petra news agency. 

The stone head, part of a bearded stone man of the 2nd century AD, has historical and archeological value, Director of Archeology Department Fawaz Khreisha told the agency, adding that the sculpture fragment might represent a Palmyra king that with the states badge on his head. 

Khreisha said that his department had also previously returned smuggled antiquities to Egypt and Iraq –  

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