Skip to comments.What happens to archeology when a region goes to war
Posted on 06/21/2013 1:40:54 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Mesopotamia may be long buried in the dust but our understanding of the ancient civilizations that flourished there continues to evolve, shaped in part by refined research methods and by shifting patterns of access because of the recent political history of the region.
At first, Mesopotamia was a remote world with a foreign culture, viewed indirectly through mentions in the Bible and in the writings of classical antiquity. Even the name Mesopotamia is not native to the region but comes from an ancient Greek word that means land between rivers.
Then the beginnings of archeology in the region during the 19th century and the subsequent decipherment of the cuneiform alphabet opened a direct window onto the ancient cultures of the lower Tigris and Euphrates, including their history, beliefs and literature, including the seminal heroic figure, Gilgamesh.
Now we can see that Mesopotamia had a huge impact on the sources that we know, says Sarah Collins, curator of early Mesopotamia at the British Museum.
In the first part of the 20th century, archeology was concentrated in the older, southern region of ancient Mesopotamia, known as Sumer. The fact that so many great relics came from this region may have embedded a lingering bias about the lack of sophistication in cultures further north.
Now things have changed, says Clemens Reichel of the Royal Ontario Museum, because the inability to work in Iran or Iraq since the the 1980s and ready access to Mesopotamian-influenced sites in Syria and Turkey have cast the north in a different light and started to show the fingerprint of a sprawling cultural empire.....
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Lets ask one. What do you say Doc?
I guess you could find a treasure in your foxhole!
Watch Indiana Jones Raiders of the Ark and find out!
Of course it all winds up in a secrete wharehouse!
Ask the Taliban. Remember what they did to that giant 3,000 year old buddha that the UN and the world pleaded with them not to blow up because of historical importance?
They blew it up.
Does anybody think that the Parthenon wound up this way because its roof leaked? I understand that multiple ancient wars have been fought on the Acropolis.
during the war of indepencnce (it was pretty much intact in the early 1800s) The ottomans (moslems for those in rio linda) were tearing it appart to get to the lead bars to make bullets. The greeks actually gave them lead as a bribe to not destroy it. Unfortunatly the gunpowder stored by the ottmans did not work out.
It is really sad because authors of the 1700s wrote how pristine the inside art appeared.
Germans steal it.
English put it in a museum.
Muslims blow it up.
I am very much in favor of Western nations looting the archeological treasures of the ME and Asia. We should have emptied the museums of Iraq and brought the treasure to the Smithsonian. At least it would be safe here...
Islam is a scourge on this planet.
Roman coins were found in bomb craters in London during the Blitz.
It is the Will of Allah
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