Basalt Column from Ashur

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 01 September 2014

A number of basalt columns and their fragments were uncovered during archaeological excavations at the "Row of Stelae" at the city of Ashur. These were brought to the city as part of an important booty. The cuneiform inscriptions on this octagonal column (with leaf capital) read: "Monument of Shamshi-Adad, king of Assyria, son of Tiglath-pileser, king of Assyria." Middle Assyrian period, 1051-1049 BCE. From Ashur, northern Mesopotamia, Iraq. (The Pergamon Museum, Berlin).



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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