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.
Monday, January 9, 2017
Friday, December 16, 2016
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.
Posted by Owen Jarus at 10:41 AM
Monday, December 12, 2016
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.
Posted by Owen Jarus at 11:01 AM
Friday, December 9, 2016
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."
Posted by Owen Jarus at 2:57 PM
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
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.
Posted by Owen Jarus at 8:45 AM
Monday, November 21, 2016
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.
Posted by Owen Jarus at 7:04 AM
Monday, November 14, 2016
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.
Posted by Owen Jarus at 7:43 AM