Here’s something you don’t see everyday — film footage of archaeological work around the turn of the last century, posted by the Royal Asiatic Society. Filming took place at several locations in the Middle East during the halcyon days of plunder archaeology. The Society’s website notes:
“The footage dates from the late 1920s/early 1930s and shows excavations in Iraq at the mound of Kouyunjik, scenes in the village of Nebi Yunus, across the Khosr river from Kouyunjik within the ancient city boundaries of Nineveh, and scenes in the city of Mosul, across the river Tigris from Nineveh. The footage (at present) has been attributed to Nineveh excavator Reginald Campbell Thompson (1876-1941), a British Assyriologist, epigrapher and archaeologist.”
We thought that folks whose main public and private ritual was “edited from the Ancient Documents in Assyrian…” might get a kick out of this!
Please to view here: http://royalasiaticsociety.org/film-footage-of-excavations-in-iraq/