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Day 24 Nimrud, Iraq Nothing could have prepared her for the devastation. Grief and anger strangled Tzivia as the car pulled up to the chain link fence. She dragged herself from the SUV and stepped into the heat of the day, which paled in comparison to the heat of the anger she felt as she surveyed the destruction. In the spring of 2015, ISIL had blown up this cultural heritage site. It had been known by many names, including Kalhu—or Calah, as the Bible likened it. The centuries-old city had been renamed Nimrud in modern times, after the biblical hunter, Nimrod. She wished to be a hunter, to find those responsible and dispatch them! A man strode toward her, his sweat-stained shirt dirtied and his tactical pants dusted from his work. “Horrific, isn’t it?” Mehdi Jaro asked with a grim smile as he turned from her and glanced back over the field. “I’ve worked here for months, and still the tragedy robs me of breath.” Rubble. Nothing but rubble—chunks of rock covered with cuneiform script jutted from piles of dirt that had once been the palace. “Fools,” Tzivia hissed, but diverted her attention. “You said you found something big.” “Come.” He started back the way he’d come, his steps jagged as he negotiated the debris. “Faeza is anxious to see you!” It was good, Tzivia thought as she made her way across the rubble, that most of the artifacts had already been removed, or they would have been destroyed and lost forever. Nimrud’s Assyrian artifacts were displayed around the world, keeping history alive—despite ISIL’s attempts—through the reliefs of Shalmaneser, Ashurnasirpal II, and the legendary winged bulls with human heads—the lamassu. “Why did you drag me out here?” Tzivia asked, climbing over a knee-high chunk of stone. When she saw the carved reliefs in it, she stumbled. She paused and knelt, tracing the broken piece of history. Grief wrapped long, barbed claws around Tzivia’s heart and constricted. Replicas could be fashioned from videos, photographs, even the reliefs, so tourists could peek back in time, but there had been something profound about staring at or touching a stone, stele, or artifact that been handled centuries earlier.
Notable Nimrud is ancient Kalhu, mentioned in the Bible. Unfortunately, this ancient site has been destroyed by ISIS, a devastating loss includes a 3,000 year old ziggurat. The destruction is met with intense grief in CROWN OF SOULS by Tzivia and the team. The first picture shows where the ziggurat previous stood. The second photo shows how the ground is now flattened. (For more details, visit: this National Geographic article, whose pictures are listed below: https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/11/iraq-mosul-isis-nimrud-khorsabad-archaeology/)
Left photos belong to National Geographic and their full article can be found here: https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/11/iraq-mosul-isis-nimrud-khorsabad-archaeology/
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