Assyrian Slingers Attacking The City of Lachish

Illustration

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 19 July 2014

This is a fragment of a wall relief which shows Assyrian slingers in action. The four men appear to launch small round stones into the air, aiming at the enemy troops who stand at the top of the city walls to defend their besieged city. Some of the slinger stones were excavated at the main gate of Lachish.

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



About the Author

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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