Live Science reports that hundreds of texts, some dating back to the Mediaeval era have been recovered from an ancient Christian monastery in Iraq where they had remained hidden behind a false wall and escaped detection by Daesh who occupied the building for some two years, destroying and defacing — or plundering for sale — architecture and artifacts.
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“More than 400 texts, dating between the middle ages and modern times, have been saved at the Mar Behnam monastery, a place that the Islamic State group (also known as ISIS, ISIL or Daesh) had occupied for more than two years, until November.
“The texts, which were written between the 13th and 20th centuries, were hidden behind a wall that was constructed just a few weeks before ISIS occupied and partly destroyed the Christian monastery, according to Amir Harrak, a professor at the University of Toronto who studied the texts before they were hidden away.”
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