The Islamic State has used sledgehammers, pick axes and Kalashnikov rifles to smash statues and iconic architecture at Hatra

Yesterday – nearly a month after the event – the Tigris Mandate of the Islamic State uploaded a video of its iconoclasm at Hatra to YouTube (which I saw via Baghdad’s Kassakhoon @kassakhoon, via Sinan Salaheddin @sinansm). They used sledgehammers, pick axes and Kalashnikov rifles to smash statues and iconic architecture. However, there is no evidence that the archaeological site itself was ‘destroyed‘ (as the title and text of that report make clear).

[Update: Again, Christopher Jones has assessed the damage and questioned the production of the propaganda video.]

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