Tag Archives | archeology

IS Continues Assault on Heritage

By Patrick Schmidt. The Iraqi Director of Antiquities has confirmed that the Islamic State (IS, ISIS, ISIL) destroyed portions of the historical city of Dur-Sharrukin (Khorsabad). The city was once a capital for the Assyrian Empire. The militants also ransacked the Mosul Museum and destroyed other artifacts in the Mosul Library. The group has also […]

Iraqi National Museum Heralds Expansion

By John Lee. No doubt in the hope of happier times ahead, Iraq's National Museum has opened two new halls at a recent well attended ceremony. Showcasing objects from a span of 7000 years of Mesopotamian history, a key feature of the new part of the museum was some 500 objects from the Hellenistic period, […]

Huge Find Throws new Light on Ancient Iraq

University of Manchester archaeologists have started the excavation of an enormous building complex in Iraq, thought to be around 4,000 years old. The team, directed by Professor Stuart Campbell and Dr Jane Moon, both from Manchester, and independent archaeologist Robert Killick, first spotted the amazing structure – thought to be an administrative complex serving one […]


Hoard of Ancient Gold Coins found in Wasit

By John Lee. Iraqi archaeologists have found a hoard of ancient gold coins in the town of Aziziyah, in Wasit [Wassit] province, and hope to put them on display in Baghdad's National Museum. The coins date back to the Sassanid era, a Persian dynasty that ruled Iraq from the third century until the coming of the […]

Kirkuk Citadel to be Renovated

AKnews reports that the Iraqi Ministry for Tourism will begin renovating Kirkuk's historic citadel in early February. Deputy head of Kirkuk's archeology office told AKnews that the ministry has not announced the allocated budget for the project. She added this is the second time the citadel, located in the central Kirkuk, will be renovated. The […]

$3m to Develop Nippur Archaeological Site

An official in Diwaniya said on Friday evening that the Iraqi Ministry of Tourism has allocated 3.5bn Iraqi Dinars (ID) [$3m] to the rehabilitation of the Neipur [Nippur] archaeological city south of Diwaniya, 180 km south of Baghdad. Dakhil al-Kanani, the head of the Supreme Committee of the Niepur cultural festival in Diwaniya province told […]