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An ancient landscape of stone circles, alignments and possible tombs lies out in the Syrian Desert, according to a Royal Ontario Museum archaeologist who has dubbed the mysterious structures “Syria’s Stonehenge.”
“These enigmatic arrangements are not especially imposing, they are not megaliths or anything like that, but they are very intriguing and clearly deliberately aligned,” Robert Mason of Canada’s Royal Ontario Museum told Discovery News.
A Discovery News source describes the odd juxtaposition of fear and normality in Damascus.
For days, Homs, the third-largest city in Syria, has endured shelling, tanks and attacks by heavy weaponry. Syrian protestors react with more violence against forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, resulting in all-out war zones in some residential neighborhoods.
Citizens of Homs cower in their homes, too afraid to emerge onto the streets even to care for the dead and dying. But Discovery News talked to a source in the capitol city of Damascus — who declined to be named for this article for fear of retribution from the government — and the source said people there are living very differently, in many ways.
“I’m living a normal life and can’t do anything (to help). There are cities with no electricity, no water, no food and no medicine,” the source said.
There are daily power outages in Damascus, but, “people who happened to live in Damascus are just fine,” the source said, “You feel the tension and stress in the air … but you can’t hear (the bombs. If I could,) I would have gone nuts.”