National Geographic : 2003 Oct
FROM OUR ARCHIVES Flashback IRAQ'S TREASURES What a Relief During the late eighth century B.c., it watched over a gate of King Sargon II's palace at Dur Sharrukin, now Khorsabad, Iraq. But this gypsum relief of a winged Assyrian god eventually went underground - buried beneath centuries of dirt after the king died and Dur Sharrukin was abandoned. An archaeological team from the University of Chica go's Oriental Institute finally uncovered the carving during the 1933-34 excavations at the site (above). Though other Khorsabad finds were shipped to Chicago, this god never flew far from home and has long been displayed at Baghdad's Iraq Museum. Perhaps the ancient deity still holds a few of its old powers of protection: It remained unharmed dur ing last April's looting of the museum's treasures. You can send this month's Flashback as an electronic greeting card and access the Flashback photo archives at nationalgeographlc.com/ ngm/flashback/0310. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC (ISSN0027-9358)ISPUBLISHED MONTHLY BYTHE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY 1145 17THS. NWWASHINGTON DC20036-4688$34.00AYEAR FORU.S .DEUVERY $6.00 PERSINGLECOPYINCLUDESS POSTAGE ANDHANDUNG). PERIODICALS POSTAGE PAIDATWASHINGTON, DCANDATADDITIONAL MAILING OFFICES POSTMASTER: SENDADDRESSCHANGES TONATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, POBOX63002,TAMPA, FL33663-3002.