Archaeologists working at a demolished shrine in Mosul, Iraq have stumbled upon a discovery of a previously unknown palace from about 600 BC. It has been declared that the monumental find may provide new insight on the Assyrian Empire, however, archaeologists are also worried that many important artifacts were destroyed by the ISIL militants who uncovered it.
The Telegraph reports that Iraqi archaeologists were examining the damage of the Tomb of the Prophet Jonah, also known as the Nebi Yunus shrine (blown up in 2014), when they found tunnels had been dug under the holy site. This is the first evidence of ISIL tunneling in their search for ancient artifacts.
Minaret of the Mosque of the Prophet Yunus, Nineveh, Mosul in 1999. (CC BY SA 3.0)
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