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Ancient Rock Carvings Discovered in Iraq: The Mashki Gate - BBC News


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"Archaeologists have unearthed 2,700-year-old rock carvings in Iraq. An excavation team had been working to reconstruct the ancient Mashki Gate, which Islamic State (IS) militants destroyed in 2016. The eight marble relics show finely chiselled war scenes, grape vines and palm trees and date back to the Assyrian King Sennacherib, who ruled the ancient city of Nineveh from 705 to 681 BC. The archaeologists are working to restore the Mashki Gate site to how it was before IS bulldozed it." from video introduction


Ancient Carvings of Assyrian War Scenes Revealed on Stone Gate in Iraq Damaged by Islamic State Group

"Archeologists in Iraq have unearthed 2,700-year-old stone carvings that were chiseled into a previously undiscovered section of the Mashki Gate, an iconic structure in what was once the ancient Assyrian capital city of Nineveh.


The eight intricately carved marble bas-reliefs, which depict war scenes, grapevines, palm trees and other motifs, were found in what is now Mosul, during a project to restore the gate after Islamic State group militants destroyed it. Experts believe that the decorative gate dates back to King Sennacherib, who ruled the Assyrian empire from 705 B.C. to 681 B.C., according to a statement from the Iraqi Council of Antiquities and Heritage.

During his reign, King Sennacherib moved the Assyrian capital to Nineveh where he became well known for his vast military campaigns, according to BBC News(opens in new tab).." from the article: Ancient Carvings of Assyrian War Scenes Revealed on Stone Gate in Iraq Damaged by Islamic State Group


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