Iraq’s Security Directorate has discovered a collection of historical artefacts stolen by ISIS in Mosul. Large quantities of antiquities and crockeries were found, some of which date back to the Assyrian period, and the ancient and modern Islamic periods.
Mousab Mohammad Jasim, an excavation specialist for the Nineveh inspectorate for historical artefacts said that the types of crockery found would have been used for cooking, storage and other daily needs, and were made up of various sizes and shapes. Jasim added that the artefacts would be examined and recorded to provide any new information on their historical periods and matched with antiquities already found.
ISIS underwent a campaign to destroy historical artefacts and monuments in 2014 and 2015. Since the liberation of Mosul’s east bank from ISIS control, the full extent of destruction caused by ISIS is slowly being revealed. The Nabi Yunus Mosque has been left in ruins after the terrorist group blew up the popular pilgrimage site in July 2014, while shrines and places of worship have been decimated. ISIS has also destroyed other famous landmarks around the city, including the Museum of Mosul and historical sites in Nimrud.
In response to ISIS violence, a young Iraqi artist who had been studying at the University of Mosul has produced clay models of ancient Assyrian monuments destroyed by ISIS in Nimrud.