Monday, January 9, 2017

2,400 Year-old Tomb Discovered in Northern Iraq

A 2,400 year-old tomb has been discovered in northern Iraq. Inside the tomb archaeologists found several skeletons and a bracelet which shows two snake heads peering at each other.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Hundreds of Historic Texts Hidden in ISIL-Occupied Monastery

Over 400 texts, dating as far back as 800 years, were saved from the Mar Behnam monastery in Iraq after more than two years of ISIL occupation. Just weeks before ISIL occupied the monastery a priest put the 400 texts in metal containers and built a wall to conceal them.

Monday, December 12, 2016

ISIL Members May face war crimes charges

ISIL members may face war crime charges for the destruction of heritage sites. Photographs show that a number of fighters were captured at Mar Behnam (an ancient monastery that was heavily damaged and vandalized), near the site of Nimrud (which was largely destroyed) and even a few in Mosul (where numerous sites were destroyed). The propaganda videos created by ISIL may help convict those who destroyed the sites.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Surviving Inscriptions from Nimrud Revealed

Several surviving inscriptions from Nimrud have been revealed. One inscriptions which ISIL tried (but failed) to destroy tells about how Ashurnasipral II founded a monkey colony at Nimrud "I brought them [the monkeys] to my land Aššur. I bred herds of them in great numbers in Calah [and] displayed [them] to all the people of my land."

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

US to Restrict Imports of Egyptian artifacts

Secretary of State John Kerry will sign an agreement with Egypt's foreign minister that will impose restrictions on the import of Egyptian artifacts into the US. Since 2011 over $143 million worth of Egyptian artifacts have been imported into the US from Egypt. Both governments hope that the restrictions will help curtail the looting that has plagued Egypt since the 2011 revolution.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Thousands of Inscriptions & Petroglyphs Discovered in Jordan's Black Desert

Thousands of inscriptions & petroglyphs dating back around 2,000 years have been discovered in the Jebel Qurma area of Jordan's Black Desert. They tell of a time when the area was more hospitable.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Ancient 300 Acre Stone Complex Discovered by Caspian Sea

A stone complex, covering 120 hectares and dating back around 1,500 years has been discovered near the eastern shore of the Caspian Sea in Kazakhstan. Stone Carvings and the remains of a silver saddle are among some of the discoveries.