Assyrian antic site of Dûr-Sharrukin
Over the course of a few weeks, his workers uncovered several rooms. The brick foundations of the walls were protected by slabs of gypsum alabaster sculpted in low relief with cuneiform inscriptions. However, the slabs disintegrated on contact with the air. In order to keep a record of the ruins, Botta obtained an artist from l’Académie des inscriptions et belles-lettres (the Academy of inscriptions and letters) to assist him. The orientalist painter Eugène Flandin (1809-1876) arrived in Mosul in May 1844.
In 1853, the architect Félix Thomas spent two months plotting out maps of the site and producing drawings of the palace. In 1863, he used this work to create this canvas representing the city's gate number 3 and the partially buried winged bulls that protected it.
Victor Place's archaeological excavations of the site of Khorsabad ended in 1855. Proceedings were restarted in 1927 by the Oriental Institute of Chicago, continuing until 1934.
In 1957, the Iraqi Department of Antiquities relaunched the project, under the direction of Behnat Abu al-Soof.
In response to this emergency, we can use new technology to precisely map the archaeological remains with the help of drones and scanners. The reconstruction and restoration of the site in 3D allows us to preserve the memory of the buildings of the ancient civilization of Khorsabad for future generations.
We would like to thank all the people who have contributed to the construction of this journey through the "Eternal Sites" and those who have given us valuable time and information as well as permission to reproduce their documentation.