Thursday, January 29, 2015

ISIS Destroying Nineveh Remains

From IraqiNews.com:

A Kurdish official revealed on Tuesday evening that the ISIS organization had bombed large parts and tracts of the ancient Nineveh wall, indicating that such an act violates the right of human culture and heritage.

The media official of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) in Mosul, Saed Mimousine said in an interview for IraqiNews.com, “ISIS militants blew up today large parts and expanses of the archaeological wall of Nineveh in al-Tahrir neighborhood,” explaining that, “The terrorist group used explosives in the process of destroying the archaeological fence.”

Mimousine added, “The Wall of Nineveh is one of the most distinctive archaeological monuments in Iraq and the Middle East,” adding that, “The fence dates back to the Assyrian civilization.”

The full article includes a photo of the gate. A related article shows a photo of an explosion.

Nineveh is best known as one of the capitals of ancient Assyria. In the 8th century BC, Jonah visited the city and Sennacherib began construction on his “Palace Without a Rival.” Fortunately, many of the important artifacts were removed from the site in the 19th century and are now on display in the British Museum.

HT: Agade

Nineveh, north palace of Ashurbanipal, after capture of Babylon, tb112004733

Relief from Ashurbanipal’s palace in Nineveh
Now on display in the British Museum

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2 Comments:

  • I received this message last friday from Charles Jones (Oriental Institute):

    "A reliable report from the ground in Mosul reports that an inspection this morning of the wall from the Mashki gate past the Sin, Nergal, and Adad gates to the Shamash gate shows no evidence of damage or explosion."

    Last week the walls of a castle in Tal Affar, west of Mosul, was destroyed. Probably what we have in those news is a confusion about the place of the destruction.


    L. G. Assis

    By Blogger Luiz Gustavo S. Assis, at Mon Feb 02, 08:38:00 AM  

  • Thanks for the clarification. I added this note to the weekend roundup, but should have posted it here as well. Thank you.

    By Blogger Todd Bolen, at Mon Feb 02, 08:46:00 AM  

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