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IS fortsetter sine ødeleggelser av kulturskattene i Irak og Syria. I forrige uke knuste de det meste de kom over i museet i Mosul og inngangen til den antikke byen Nineveh.

Nå har de gått løs med bulldosere i Nimrud, en antikk by grunnlagt av den assyriske kongen Shalamanar I som døde i året 1245 f.Kr.

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Nimrud is an ancient city on the banks of the River Tigris. In the Middle Assyrian period (the six centuries before 1,000 BC) it was known as Kalhu and appears in the Old Testament as Calah.

Assyrian power spread from northern Mesopotamia – the area now occupied by parts of Iraq, Syria and Turkey. For about 150 years Nimrud was the Assyrian capital but eventually went into decline.

The first excavations in modern times were undertaken by Europeans starting in the 1840s. Treasures unearthed ranged from whole sections of royal palaces to individual statues and smaller artefacts.

For decades investigations stopped, but in 1949 Sir Max Mallowan (husband of writer Agatha Christie) began fresh excavations. He wrote the standard work, Nimrud and its Remains.

 

 “I cannot even describe the immensity of this loss,” said Ihsan Fethi, a member of the Iraqi Architects Society who has been tracking the destruction of heritage sites. “This is one of the most famous and probably one of the most important sites in the world.”

IS vil ikke ha historie og kultur, kun islam.

Man kan lett tilgi britene. Nå finnes det ihvertfall noen biter igjen for ettertiden på British Museum.

New York Times  BBC