X

ISIS Bulldozes Ancient Site

Militants set about destroying city of Nimrud, near Mosul
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 5, 2015 4:38 PM CST
ISIS Bulldozes Ancient Site
A carving from Nimrud, in a piece preserved at the British Museum.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – ISIS continues to take a sledgehammer to history: Iraqi officials say militants from the Islamic State have begun bulldozing the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud, reports AP. The city sprang up on the Tigris River in the 13th century BC and is "considered one of the most important archaeological operations in the world," notes the New York Times. The destruction—the extent of it isn't yet clear—follows the release of a video last week showing militants destroying artifacts at the Mosul Museum.

story continues below

"I'm sorry to say everybody was expecting this," an Iraqi archaeologist at Stony Brook University tells AFP. "Their plan is to destroy Iraqi heritage, one site at a time." Abdulamir Hamdani predicted that the city of Hatra, a UNESCO World Heritage site, would be next. "I'm devastated, but it was just a matter of time." In the video from the museum, one militant attempts to explain the destruction: "These artifacts behind me are idols for people from ancient times who worshiped them instead of God." (Read more ISIS stories.)

We use cookies. By Clicking "OK" or any content on this site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. Read more in our privacy policy.
Get the news faster.
Tap to install our app.
X
Install the Newser News app
in two easy steps:
1. Tap in your navigation bar.
2. Tap to Add to Home Screen.

X