Latest Assyria Stories

Massive Fortifications Unearthed Along Ancient Israel Harbor
2013-08-20 08:20:08

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Archaeologists digging along the Israeli coastal city of Ashdod have unearthed the remains of a massive ancient fortification built around an Iron-Age Assyrian harbor. The fortifications were constructed in the eighth century BCE and formed a crescent-shaped defense for a 17-acre inland region of the harbor. At the heart of the well-preserved fortification is a mud-brick wall standing more than 12 feet wide and 15 feet high. The...

Hanging Gardens Of Babylon Discovered 300 Miles Away In Nineveh
2013-05-06 14:09:12

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Hanging Gardens of Babylon have long been regarded as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, although not without controversy. It seems that the Gardens have also been regarded as purely legendary, with no evidence that this ancient site ever existed in Babylon. For centuries, historians, archaeologists and others have imagined what the Hanging Gardens may have looked like and several artists, most notably Dutch artist...

2011-05-11 19:22:07

The first results from The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA), a national study of 8,000 older people aged 50 and over, were launched today ( May 9th) by the Minister for Health and Children, Dr James Reilly. TILDA is the most comprehensive study ever conducted on ageing in Ireland. Between 2009- 2011, over 8,000 people aged 50 and over were randomly selected across the country and interviewed about many aspects of their lives including issues such as health, financial circumstances...

2010-04-08 16:15:00

A cache of cuneiform tablets unearthed by a team led by a University of Toronto archaeologist has been found to contain a largely intact Assyrian treaty from the early 7th century BCE. "The tablet is quite spectacular. It records a treaty "” or covenant "” between Esarhaddon, King of the Assyrian Empire and a secondary ruler who acknowledged Assyrian power. The treaty was confirmed in 672 BCE at elaborate ceremonies held in the Assyrian royal city of Nimrud (ancient Kalhu). In the...

2009-08-10 16:23:10

A team of University of Toronto archaeologists has uncovered a cache of cuneiform tablets dating back to between 1200 and 600 BCE at the site of a recently discovered temple in southeastern Turkey. Found in the temple's cella, or "Ëœholy of holies', the tablets are part of a possible archive that may offer insights into Assyrian imperial aspirations during the Iron Age period. The assemblage appears to represent a Neo-Assyrian renovation of an older Neo-Hittite temple complex,...

2008-10-21 12:00:25

US-based telecommunications company Newport Global Technologies has signed a definitive agreement to acquire for cash and stock LaSilkee Virtual Connections, a Jordanian telecommunications company operating under a license granted by the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. The specific terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Rounsevelle Schaum, chairman of Newport Global Technologies, said: "This is a strategic acquisition for our company because it will become the satellite-fiber-optic...

2008-10-14 09:00:38

The Iraqi oil minister Hussain al-Shahristani has met with representatives of pre-qualified international oil companies to open bidding for the development of eight oil and gas fields accounting for approximately 40 billion barrels of oil reserves, the first such move since the fall of the Saddam Hussein regime in 2003. Iraq, which is estimated to have around 115 billion barrels of oil, is hoping to increase production to 500,000 barrels of oil per day (bpd) from the current 2.5 million...

2008-10-13 09:00:15

By MARY BETH SHERIDAN By Mary Beth Sheridan The Washington Post BAGHDAD The Iraqi government on Sunday ordered security forces to increase protection of Christians in northern Iraq, where hundreds have fled their homes in recent days after a wave of killings and threats. At least a dozen Christians have been slain in the past few weeks in the city of Mosul, which has remained violent even as attacks have dropped in other parts of the country. Fighters from al-Qaida in Iraq have...

2008-10-13 09:00:15

The Associated Press BAGHDAD Suicide car bombers struck twice Sunday in the northern city of Mosul, killing at least six people and wounding dozens of others, U.S. and Iraqi officials said. A car bomb killed seven other people in Baghdad. Two Iraqi soldiers were killed by snipers in separate attacks Sunday in the capital's Yarmouk district, police said. The first attack in Mosul occurred when a suicide car bomber attacked a U.S. patrol, the U.S. military said. There were no...

2008-10-12 00:00:02

NEWS IN BRIEF :: IRAQ At least 3,000 Christians have fled the northern Iraqi city of Mosul in the past week, after shootings, evictions and kidnap attempts by Sunni Muslim extremists. Provincial governor Duraid Mohammed Kashmoula accused al-Qaida of orchestrating a campaign of major displacement, and called for the launch of a new US and Iraqi military offensive to chase the insurgents out. Police have found the bullet-ridden bodies of seven Christians so far this month. (c) 2008...

Word of the Day
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'