Reconstructed entrance to the Northwest palace. Photograph by the 94th Engineering Battalion, October 2008.

11 Photos from Nimrud

Reports indicate that ISIS has destroyed portions of the Assyrian city of Nimrud. Check out these 11 photos from 2008-2010 that document some of what may have been lost. 1. Aerial view of Nimrud during the 1950s. 2. Aerial photograph of Nimrud showing topography and principal […]


Hatra, The Lesser Known Splendors of a Parthian Frontier Town

With threats to the antiquities of Syria and Iraq growing daily, so too does the imperative to document fast disappearing sites. But in January 2015 what historians and archaeologists had feared since IS took […]


Heritage Mapping and Data Integration

In continuing our discussion on the cooperative agreement between the U.S. Department of State and ASOR, known as the Syrian Heritage Initiative, focusing now on the initiative’s remote sensing, mapping and arches. I’m speaking with Dr. Scott Branting […]


Syrian Heritage Initiative Symposium - Luncheon Presentation [VIDEO]

On November 23rd, the Syrian Heritage Initiative hosted a public Symposium at the 2014 ASOR Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA. The more than 80 attendees included ASOR members, representatives of other groups […]

Location of Jebel Sinjar showing recent clashes and population displacements.

Political Landscapes along the Central Euphrates River, Then and Now

Headlines across media outlets of all types remind us of the troubling events in Syria and Iraq. Yet when reading the stories behind the headlines, it quickly becomes apparent that modern […]

Neo-Assyrian statue from Tell Ajaja flanked by ISIS members. Photo courtesy Michel al-Maqdissi.

Syrian Archaeology, ‘Scale of the Scandal’

By : Michel Al-Maqdissi Introduction The Syrian crisis has recently become noticeably more serious, and has turned into one of the most alarming situations in the Near East since the end of the Iraq War. The consequences to archaeology will be seen in the short and long term. In the short-term, damage is occurring due to […]

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