Nimrud Rising: An Immersive Virtual Reality Recreation of a Lost Site

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By: Peter Herdrich

In March, 2015, reports from the Iraqi Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities confirmed that agents of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) had attacked the ancient Assyrian capital city of Nimrud in northeastern Iraq, just eighteen miles southeast of Mosul. Then, on April 12, 2015, the terrorists of ISIS released a video documenting the willful demolition of the Northwest Palace, the home of King Ashurnasirpal II and an excavation site since Sir Austen Henry Layard’s expedition of the 1840s. After 2,800 years of history, the terrorists had wiped the most famous and culturally significant building at Nimrud from the face of the earth.

To offset these losses, Donald H. Sanders

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