A bit of a bright spot on the monuments front: “A team of scientists employ technology to document archaeological sites before ISIS destroys them.”
“Despite an attempt to eradicate the cultural heritage of the Middle East, ISIS has inspired new ways for it to spread. By stimulating IDA’s plans for creative collaborations taking place on a global scale, ISIS has opened up a dialogue between those it most desperately wanted to silence.”
Source: The New Monument Men Outsmart ISIS
“A warrior’s tomb full of precious metals and jewels is expected to give insight into the rise of the Mycenaeans, from whom Greek culture developed.” This is very exciting. I can’t wait to find out what they learn from this grave!
Source: Grave of ‘Griffin Warrior’ at Pylos Could Be a Gateway to Civilizations – The New York Times
In a five-thousand year old house in northeast China the remains of 97 people were found. Anthropologists believe that they were most likely victims of disease, but they don’t have enough evidence at this time to definitively determine the cause.
Read the fascinating story here: Gruesome Find: 100 Bodies Stuffed into Ancient House – Yahoo News.
Recent satellite images show the extent of the damage. Heartbreaking!!
Report on the Destruction of the Northwest Palace at Nimrud.