Category Archives: Ancient Near East

Ancient Fortress Floods Forever

According The ancient Byzantine fortress of Zalabiyeh was mysteriously abandoned in the 8th Century. According to a new article by Charlotte McDonald-Gibson in The Independent, a new Syrian dam will make solving that mystery impossible. The site of the fortress … Continue reading

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Saving the Ancient Assyrian Capital, Nineveh

In modern day Mosul, Iraq, Nineveh, the ancient capital of the Assyrian Empire, is slowly falling to ruins amid years of looting, vandalism, natural forces and, most recently, suburban encroachment and war. According to The Global Heritage Fund, it is … Continue reading

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“A Desecration of Civilization”-Looting at the Iraq National Museum

We all remember watching the iconic video of the statue of Saddam Hussein crash down in Firdos Square in Baghdad. However, many are less aware of a monumental event that occurred right around the same time that many historians consider … Continue reading

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