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Friday, 6 March 2015

Plunder and destruction at Nimrud

I can’t let the day pass without noting the continuing programme of destruction at the Assyrian city of Nimrud in northern Iraq. 

The actions are being referred to as the razing of Nimrud - which comes just a week after sledgehammers were used to obliterate stone sculptures and other important artefacts in the Mosul Museum.  Books and manuscripts were also burned.

 Many of the artefacts found at Nimrud had already been moved to museums in Baghdad and overseas, but sadly many remain on site. 

Nimrud is a 13th century BC Assyrian archaeological site which lies on the Tigris river, about 30km (18 miles) south-east of Mosul.  It was one of the most important cities of the Assyrian empire and served as the main residence for the dynasty’s kings until 727 BC.

UNESCO notes that the site, first known as Kahlka, was originally founded more than 3,300 years ago.

We have to be thankful that many videos, photographs and records exist so that we know something of what was there. 

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