DAMASCUS, Aug. 26 (Xinhua) -- A Syrian-German archeological expedition announced Thursday it unearthed archeological items in Katana Kingdom ruins at Tel el-Mesherfeh archeological site in Homs, 162 kilometers to the north of Damascus, the Syrian official SANA news agency reported.
The German Head of the expedition Peter Pfalzner confirmed that the discoveries uncovered the cultural ties between Mesopotamia, Mediterranean and Nile Valley civilizations, saying the Katana Kingdom enjoyed noticeable influence and important international commercial ties during the Middle Bronze Age in the 2nd Millennium BC.
Pflanzer argued that the Syrian archeological sites are filled with treasures waiting to be unearthed, the report said. The discoveries included a gold bracelet encrusted with a lapis lazuli stone in the shape of a circular seal, two gold clasps, bronze clasps, a sheet of gold with a depiction of a palm tree, a small crystal jar, and a stone statue of a hippopotamus of Egyptian origin, which is believed to have been sent as a present.
Qatna was one of the most important kingships during Syria's Bronze Age. It reached the height of its prosperity between 1,800 and 1,600 BC (Middle Bronze Age) and was then among one of the most powerful states in the Orient. Its royal dynasty continued until its destruction by the Hittites in 1,340 BC.