December 1, 2011
My Mesopotamian/Iran archaeology class met up at Columbia tonight to hear Muzahem Hussein speak about his excavations at Nimrud. Pretty cool guy. Ton of pretty things found there, too, like this crown of a queen.
"In 1988 Iraqi archaeologist Muzahem Hussein noticed that bricks on the  floor of a palace room at Nimrud looked out of place. While putting them  back into position, he discovered that they were sitting on top of a  vault. When he looked for an entrance, he found a vertical shaft and a  stairway that led into a tomb. After two weeks of hauling out dust, he  caught a glimpse of gold jewelry. "I couldn’t believe my eyes," he  recalled. Muzahem, a lean and quiet man who grew up in nearby Mosul,  didn’t then realize he had made one of the most spectacular discoveries  in archaeological history."

My Mesopotamian/Iran archaeology class met up at Columbia tonight to hear Muzahem Hussein speak about his excavations at Nimrud. Pretty cool guy. Ton of pretty things found there, too, like this crown of a queen.

"In 1988 Iraqi archaeologist Muzahem Hussein noticed that bricks on the floor of a palace room at Nimrud looked out of place. While putting them back into position, he discovered that they were sitting on top of a vault. When he looked for an entrance, he found a vertical shaft and a stairway that led into a tomb. After two weeks of hauling out dust, he caught a glimpse of gold jewelry. "I couldn’t believe my eyes," he recalled. Muzahem, a lean and quiet man who grew up in nearby Mosul, didn’t then realize he had made one of the most spectacular discoveries in archaeological history."

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    crown of a queen, retrieved from a royal tomb in the ancient city of Nimrud, Iraq
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