Archaeologists unearth 1,200-year-old church in central Syria

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) - An antiquities official says archaeologists in central Syria have unearthed the remnants of an 8th century church.

Walid al-Assaad, the head of the Palmyra Antiquities and Museums
Department, says the church dates back to the 8th century. He says
it was discovered recently by a joint Syrian-Polish archaeological team.

The discovery took place at an excavation site in the ancient town of Palmyra, some 153 miles northeast of Damascus.

The church is the fourth to be discovered in Palmyra, which was once a regional trade center and is now an archaeological treasure trove that even contains oldest layers from the prehistoric era in Syria.

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