Sign In / Up

Add contribution as a guest

Your email will not be displayed publicly
Benefit of signing in/signing up to personalize comment

Comment as a guest

Your email will not be displayed publicly
Benefit of signing in/signing up to personalize comment

Login

Not a member Register   Forgot Password
or connect using
 

Email

 

Rudaw

Kurdistan

Thieves raid 2700-year-old site in Duhok

By Nasr Ali 5/3/2018
Halamat cave is believed to date back some 2700 years. Assyrian reliefs have been carved into the mountainside.
DUHOK, Kurdistan Region – Thieves have stolen pieces from a nearly 3,000-year-old archeological site in Duhok. 

Halamat cave is located on Mount Zawa, south of Duhok city. The site is not easily accessible. Last week, unknown persons reached the cave in a Humvee and stole some of the pieces from the cave. 

“On February 25, one of our guards informed us that some people had damaged the archeological items in Halamat cave. Later, a team visited the site and prepared a report on this issue. It was revealed later that some people had taken part in stealing the archeological items of the cave. The archeological piece stolen is called Sanharib,” Nivin Mohammed, head of legal affairs for Duhok’s archeology directorate, told Rudaw.

No persons have been arrested yet, but an investigation is ongoing. 

Ten people were arrested last year for theft of artifacts, Mohammed said. 

This is the latest in a string of thefts or attempted robberies of Duhok’s rich history. 

Kovan Ihsan, an investigator and archeologist at Duhok’s archeology directorate, explained, “Since 2014, there have been efforts to steal and damage 212 archeological sites in Duhok. The latest was the archeological site at Mount Zawa.”

The Kurdistan Region saw a spike in this kind of theft after ISIS took control of large areas in northern Iraq in 2014. The terror group reportedly sold valuable artifacts as well as destroying many sites. 

“There are constant attempts to take Mosul’s archeological pieces abroad via Ibrahim Khalil gate. This has paved the way for people from Duhok and some IDPs to steal archeological pieces,” Mohammed said.
 
Halamat cave is believed to date back some 2700 years. Assyrian reliefs have been carved into the mountainside. 

According to statistics produced by Duhok’s archeology directorate, there are 456 archeological sites in the province. There are also 4,000 artifacts preserved in Duhok museum. 

“The sentence for people trading in archeological pieces or damaging archeological sites is three months to six years. But if those doing this are employees of the archeology sites, they get double this sentence,” explained Judge Sidqi Saleem Khan, an investigator in a Duhok court.
 
“Those who have so far been tried at Duhok court are mostly Kurdish. Some of them were Arab IDPs,” he added. 


 

Comments

 
Shilani | 6/3/2018
People have no money and jobs so its not their fault
Azad | 6/3/2018
Protect these assyrian lands, We need an assyrian region in douhok and Nineva plains
Chandran Avinjikat | 8/3/2018
Very sad. These thieves do not know the value of this precious relics. The government is also to be blamed. It is a known fact that in general, governments world over especially in developing countries do not give the required importance to their archaeological treasures.
3863 Views

Be Part of Your Rudaw!

Share your stories, photos and videos with Rudaw, and quite possibly the world.

What You Say

PrivateEye | 9/21/2018 2:46:17 PM
Coward chicken
Guest | 9/21/2018 6:32:25 PM
The people of Kurdistan better gather this man into their arms and hold on tight.
Najmaldin Karim says he's not with PUK or KDP
| yesterday at 07:19 | (11)
Ahmed27 | 9/21/2018 4:37:55 PM
The 2017 referendum will take the Kurds to independence for sure. And that day all the traitors will cry! Bji Barzani
Guest | 9/21/2018 6:24:57 PM
I know this article doesn't reflect the views of all people in Kurdistan, but I resent what the writer said in the last part of this article where he...
September 25: The unforgettable day Kurds voted to leave Iraq
| 17 hours ago | (6)
thurgood bardico | 9/21/2018 5:58:23 PM
"Moderate opposition"... LOL
Turkey, Russia agree on Idlib demilitarized zone borders
| 15 hours ago | (1)
Zanyarkermashani | 9/21/2018 1:07:49 PM
When you kill soldiers border guards, dont complain. Even Saddam used you ad puppets against Iran.
Victoria Kermashani | 9/21/2018 5:27:27 PM
Shame on you Zanyarkermashani! Nobody is killig the soldiers on the borders, but the peshmerga forces have to d fend themselves when they are...
Scarred for life, Kurds from Iran plead for UN intervention after Koya attack
| 22 hours ago | (2)

Elsewhere on Rudaw

PUK list head Talabani says not to retaliate after election posters slashed 17 hours ago | (1)

PUK list head Talabani says not to retaliate after election posters slashed

“I call on members and supporters of all parties more
September 25: The unforgettable day Kurds voted to leave Iraq 17 hours ago | (6)

September 25: The unforgettable day Kurds voted to leave Iraq

They traded the Kurds and the votes of millions more
Northern Syria officials overwhelmed by detained ISIS fighters request int’l help 19 hours ago | (3)

Northern Syria officials overwhelmed by detained ISIS fighters request int’l help

"Now every country has moral, human and legal more
0.703 seconds