People of Lachish Deported and Relocated

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published on 19 July 2014

After the capture of the city of Lachish, the victorious Assyrian army deported its people into exile and new settlements within the Assyrian empire. This wall relief depicts the deportation of barefeet men (who appear handcuffed) and women (who carry their belongings). A small child also appears next to a woman.

From the South-West palace at Nineveh (modern Kuyunjik, Mousil city, Iraq), room XXXVI, panels 9-10. Mesopotamia, Neo-Assyrian era, 700-692 BCE. (The British Museum, London).

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin FRCP (Glasg)
A consultant neurologist and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia.

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