Call for applications to Post-doctoral Positions
The followings calls for Post-Doctoral Positions related to Syria’s heritage are now open:
1) Chaire Khaled al As’ad at Université libre de Bruxelles. See here the call for applications.
2) Humbold Foundation call. See here the call for applications.
Information about job opportunities for refugees scientist and researchers
European Union launches the Science4Refugees initiative
Find more informations here: http://ec.europa.eu/euraxess/index.cfm/jobs/science4refugees
Current crisis in Iraq — Alleged damages
April 11th, 2015, 11pm
s h i r ī n confirms large scale destruction, caused by power tools and an explosive device, at Nimrud (ancient Kalhu), 32 km south of Mosul, as seen from an undated video posted this evening by IS.
Kalhu became the capital of the Assyrian Empire under Ashurnasirpal II (883-859 BC), who moved the central government there from the former and traditional capital Ashur. It remained the capital until 706 BC, when Sargon II moved the capital to the new city of Dur-Sharrukin (modern name: Khorsabad).
Destruction concerns architecture, sculpture in the round (lamassû: human-headed winged bulls) and carved stone slabs from the Neo-Assyrian period (some of which still remained in their original context, while many others have been kept in the British Museum and in many other museums in the world).
The north-west Palace of Ashurnasirpal II (dating from 879 BC) — an iconic building — has been blown up and levelled.
April 4th, 2015, noon
We have to report —most unfortunately— that s h i r ī n has been informed and confirmed first destructions on site at Hatra (architectural elements, applied stone human masks on walls, statues) by sledgehammer, pickaxe and hails of bullets. Further analysis will ascertain the nature of the damaged elements: originals, restored pieces or copies.
Following the information provided by Dr. Lucinda Dirven (University of Amsterdam), even if the site was heavily restored at various occasions ( from the 60s to the mid 90s), it seems that most of the damaged pieces are originals. The iron pins visible in the video were used during the restoration seasons in the 60s. Two (out of three) brackets from the façade of the southern iwan complex are destroyed, like an eagle from the same complex (interior – iwan 12) and the statue of a noble. The two statues shown in the beginning of the video are not touched.
The HD video was posted today by IS members. The movie has the ‘classic’ musical background and the IS flag is present in the upper right corner.
We will not provide the website link.