After 37 years, one lion of Sheran returns home

People in the district of Sheran, to the east of the city of Kobani, have regained one of the two archaeological lions that were transferred by the Syrian government to the city of Raqqa decades ago, after it being inflicted with massive damages after the city was occupied by the ISIS mercenaries.

After 37 years, one lion of Sheran returns home
2 November 2020   11:36

Sheran district is one of the oldest continuously inhabited ancient archaeological sites, where historical documents indicate that many civilizations dominated the region, most notably in the first half of the first millennium B.C. where Arameans and Assyrians ruled the region.  

The district was known as Hadatu, while now it is Sheran, a Kurdish name that is ''lions'' in reference to the basalt made lions that were found in the district, while it was known by Ottomans as ''Arslan Tash''.

Many antiques were found most of which date back to new Assyrian period, many of them were transferred Istanbul Museum. 

According to people in the region, the Syrian government transferred the two lions the district derives it's name from to the city of Raqqa, 37 years ago, as part of the policy of obliterating history of the region and it's cultural and civilised identity.  

Residents restored one of the two lions to the district of Sheran, and though it has being damaged, it still preserves it's shape and some ancient writings carved on.  

Abdul Salam Ham Sorek, a participant in restoring remnants of the lion to Sheran, said they try to restore the lion to be kept at it's home of origin, adding '' these two lions date back to 700 B.C.,       to the time of Hittites, where Sheran was called ''Hadatu'', but later, the Syrian government changed the name to Al-Farazdaq''.