Tuesday, 17 March 2015
Travel Tuesday: Exploring Ancient Hatra
This charming sculpture of a nursing baby camel probably doesn't exist anymore. It's from Hatra, an ancient city in Iraq that's probably the oldest city founded by Arabs, dating to the 3rd century BC. Unfortunately, it's in the area controlled by ISIS and they recently trashed this ancient site. I write more about it over at Black Gate in the article, Ancient Hatra: Another Victim of ISIS. Like with the Assyrian sites of Nimrud and Nineveh, these are archaeological wonders I was lucky enough to see when I was in Iraq back in 2012, before the nightmare of ISIS was unleashed on the world.