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David Dancey
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Yemeni Antiquities under threat
A temple in the endangered city of Sirwah I know that I have posted several of these in the past but just knew that the Yemeni conflict was not being discussed much in the media and wanted to raise awareness of a particularly vulnerable historical site. The...

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Gilgamesh: Recent discoveries
The newly discovered fragment of the Epic A new tablet has been discovered in Iraq that sheds new light on Humbaba, the monster slain by Gilgamesh and Enkidu in the famous Epic of Gilgamesh. The article, with images and descriptions of the find, can be foun...

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The 9th Century BC in the Near East: Part II
Kilamuwa Stele This is the second part of a post dealing with the 9th century BC in the Near East. For the first post in the series, please click here . The previous post dealt with the events leading up to the Battle of Qarqar so I will pick up from there....

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The 9th Century BC in the Near East: Part I
Assyrian winged figure from wall relief in Nimrud Palace of Ashurnasirpal, Vice-regent of Aššur, Chosen one of the gods … Destructive weapon of the great gods, Strong king, King of the Universe, King of Assyria … Part of the Standard Inscription of Ashurnas...

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The Tale of Idrimi
Idrimi of Alalakh The tale of Idrimi is here dramatised in a film. The narrative is closely based upon a text that was found upon a statue of Idrimi (currently in the British Museum). The full text can be found here . It provides a narrative of a prince in ...

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Mesoamerica: The Olmecs
Olmec artwork showing a were-jaguar baby being held I will take a quick break from my description of the history of the Middle East , which is extremely well documented, to speak of an area of the world that I have neglected. I have described the rise of ci...

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The 10th Century BC
Carved relief from Carchemish In two previous posts I have discussed the aftermath of the Bronze Age Collapse in Greece, Anatolia, Egypt, Assyria, Babylonia, Elam and the Levant . In this post I will attempt to give a brief picture of the century that follo...

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The Early Iron Age and the Death of Kings: Part II
Lamassu from the palace of Tukulti-Ninurta I where the king was slain In the previous post I discussed the fate of the Mycenaean, Hittite and Egyptian kingdoms and regions following the Bronze Age Collapse up until roughly the year 1000BC. I will now try an...

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The Early Iron Age and the Death of Kings: Part I
This blog post is about the aftermath of the Bronze Age Collapse . I have written fairly extensively about the Late Bronze Age in the Middle East , with articles on the period as a whole, on the Mitanni and the Pharaoh Akhenaten in particular. At some point...

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The Mitanni
Map of the Middle East in 1400 showing Mitanni kingdom After the fall of Babylon to the Hittites , centralised power in Mesopotamia declined. Mursilis I, the king of the Hittites was assassinated and his successors did not consolidate his conquests. The Ass...
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