National Geographic : 1951 Jan
"Jonah's" Tomb at Nineveh Swallows Older Assyrian Remains Beneath Nineveh's sprawling ruins lie just across the Tigris River from Mosul. Excavations in the an cient city have given us a rich picture of Assyria's life, religion, history, and literature (page 100). But all of this eloquent evi dence has come from the site's main mound, which bears the modern name of Kouyunjik. It is to this section that we owe the remains of Assyrian temples and palaces, with their impressive yield of sculptured monuments and written documents. Here, too, deep below the Assyrian levels, five layers of prehistoric Nineveh have been found. A short distance south of Kou yunjik another tall mound rises. Though attached to the original city compound, it has remained intact. This history-rich mound cannot be disturbed because it bears the mosque of Nebi Yunus, which, according to Moslem tra dition, contains the tomb of Jonah, who foretold Nineveh's doom (Jonah 3:4). Dorien Leigh Ltd.