Newspaper: Archaeologists unearth cemetery in central Syria

Archaeologists have discovered a nearly 2,000-year-old cemetery in the ancient city of Palmyra that used to be the center of Middle East trade routes, a Syrian newspaper reported Tuesday. The National Archaeological Expedition discovered an underground cemetery that dates back to the 2nd century, al-Baath newspaper said, quoting Khalil al-Hariri, the head of the expedition. He said archaeologists found a stone door and two engraved statues of a family. The limestone sculptures depict them as wearing clerical hats, the ancient traditional clothes in Palmyra, al-Hariri said.