A Terracotta Foundation Document from Nineveh


published on 19 July 2014

This terracotta prism was found in Nineveh. It documents Sennacherib's military campaigns and the rebuilding of the city of Nineveh. The siege and the capture of Lachish and Jerusalem occurred during his 3rd military campaign in 701 BCE. Details of the account of the siege are given in column iii, lines 38-81.

From Nineveh (modern Kuyunjik, Mousil city, Iraq), Mesopotamia. Neo-Assyrian era, 694 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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