2016- This combination of two satellite images provided by DigitalGlobe, taken on March 31, 2011 (top), and Sept. 28, 2014, shows the site of the Christian monastery known as St. Elijah's, or Dair Mar Elia.
According to new study, of Syrian war-related looting is most widespread in areas where centralized authority is the weakest, as in regions held by the Kurdish YPG and other opposition forces where more than 26 percent of sites have been looted since the war began. In contrast, 21.4 percent of sites have been looted in ISIS-controlled areas, and only 16.5 percent in Syrian regime areas.
Tell al-Muqayyar – better known as the ancient city of Ur – is one of the most remarkable archaeological sites discovered in the Middle East. The remains of this ancient settlement form a mound rising to a height of more than twenty meters above the southwestern flood plain of the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers in southern Iraq, near the modern city of Nasiriyah. 1927.
Ruins of Uruk. Uruk was an ancient city of Sumer and later Babylonia, situated east of the present bed of the Euphrates river, on the dried-up, ancient channel of the Euphrates River, some 30 km east of modern As-Samawah, Al-Muthannā, Iraq.