IRAQ: Largest throne room of Assyrian Empire uncovered in Nineveh Plains

MOSUL, Iraq — Media outlets covering Chaldean–Syriac–Assyrian heritage reported new discoveries by the archaeological excavations mission at the Nabi Yunus hill in Mosul, which began its work in March 2022.

The Heidelberg University mission discovered a new palace in good condition dating back to the era of the Assyrian Empire, dating to approximately the 6th century B.C.

The palace includes many halls that contain rare archaeological treasures, in addition to a throne room.

The mission to excavate antiquities in Iraq had previously indicated that it identified more features of the architectural planning of the palace, which is possibly the largest throne room of the Assyrian Empire, measuring 54 meters in length and 18 meters in width. The excavation also uncovered many pieces of glazed brick decorated with flower motifs.

Last month, a US-Iraqi mission discovered murals that include beautiful 2700-year-old rock carvings in the Mashki Gate, one of the largest historical gates of the ancient Syriac-Assyrian city of Nineveh.

The gate is considered a symbol of the city’s size and strength and was rebuilt in the 1970s.