Syriac heritage in precious metals showcased at Silver Industry Museum in Midyat, Turkey

MIDYAT, Turkey — The Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) people have long been involved in and renowned for their work with precious metals.

Media outlet Mzizah News recently featured a report on the heritage site of the silver industry, now transformed into a museum, located in Midyat, Turkey, in the historic Tur Abdin region.

In an interview, museum director Odom Goshkun Beth Hinno discussed the museum’s primary objectives and its focus on the silver industry.

The report showcased various sections of the museum and highlighted its most significant collections, which include silver artifacts spanning different historical periods.

Hinno emphasized the importance of preserving the silver industry, a profession for which the Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) people of Midyat have been renowned for centuries.

Furthermore, Hinno underscored the unique characteristics of the silver industry in Midyat, stating, “Silver produced in Midyat is melted at 950 degrees and refined to 22 microns. This is the distinguishing feature of the silver industry in Midyat.”