The Iraq War & Archaeology
Reviewed Articles Archive Ten: Second 1/2 of August 2003





This is the tenth archive of the reviewed articles of The Iraq War & Archaeology web site.


Francis Deblauwe, Ph.D.




The articles and other information are listed chronologically, most recent first. Almost all are accessible for free (or after a free registration) on the internet.  Each time, I try to draw attention to the most relevant tidbits of information, esp. things that were not mentioned before; occasionally, I provide some comment.  The usual warning applies: many links become defective with time.  Inclusion in the list does not in any way mean that I necessarily agree with the opinions expressed in an article.  But for a few exceptions, the occasional photos and figures accompanying reviewed articles are just hotlinked images on other web sites, in other words: do not download them or request permission to publish them from me, for I do not own the copyright to them in any way!  Please do contact the rightful owners if you would like to use them for publication purposes. Finally, for the sake of convenience, all articles and so on are assumed to have been published on US web sites unless indicated otherwise.


Photo 1: "Joseph Oleske on the restored stairway of the Ziggurat at Ur, Iraq"

Photo 2: "US Marine[s] ascend the steps of the Ziggurat at Ur, Iraq"

Photo 3: "US Marines at the Ur Ziggurat"

Photo 4: "Ur Ziggurat from a distance"

Photo 5: "Palace walls at Ur, Iraq"

Photo 6: "Joe Oleske at the doorway into a brick complex that the Marines were told was the house of Abraham/Ibrahim. A good tour guide story even during a war!"












Photo 1: "Restored Gate at Babylon, Iraq"

Photo 2: "Andre Sinou at the Ishtar gate of Babylon, Iraq. Notice the designs in the brickwork of the walls"

Photo 3: "Looking through gates of Babylon, I[r]aq"

Photo 4: "Restored palace complex at Babylon, Iraq"

Photo 5: "Restored and unrestored portions of Babylon, Iraq"









  • A. the Hobotraveler.com, "View of Tell from the Top or [sic; of] Arbil Tower Hotel," in HoboTraveler.com Travel Tips Newsletter And Updates on Around The World Trip, online, 120 (August 19, 2003): direct-to-internet blog of a low-budget world traveler showed many photos of 2003 Iraq

Photo 1: "Road up the side" [of the citadel]

Photo 2: [no caption; citadel]

Photo 3: [no caption; citadel]

Photo 4: [no caption; citadel]

Photo 5: "Mosque inside Tell" [citadel]

Photo 6: "Statue and book. A great entrance." [citadel]











  • A. the Hobotraveler.com, "Tell and Bikes in Arbil Iraq," in HoboTraveler.com Travel Tips Newsletter And Updates on Around The World Trip, online, 120 (August 19, 2003): direct-to-internet blog of a low-budget world traveler showed many photos of 2003 Iraq

Photo 1: "Gate or Entranced [sic] to Tell" [from the inside]

Photo 2: [no caption; citadel]

Photo 3: [no caption; citadel?]





  • A. the Hobotraveler.com, "Tour Bus from Baghdad," in HoboTraveler.com Travel Tips Newsletter And Updates on Around The World Trip, online, 120 (August 19, 2003): direct-to-internet blog of a low-budget world traveler showed many photos of 2003 Iraq

Photo 1: "The Tell of Arbil" [a citadel on top of a tell]

Photo 2: "The Tell or Fortress of Erbell" [sic]



  • A. the Hobotraveler.com, "Taxi to Erbil - WFP - TELL - Hotels in Arbil," in HoboTraveler.com Travel Tips Newsletter And Updates on Around The World Trip, online, 120 (August 19, 2003): direct-to-internet blog of a low-budget world traveler showed many photos of 2003 Iraq
Photo: "This is a 'TELL[.]'  A mound of dirt that accumulated over the years from building home out of Adobe. When they fell apart. They built again on same location. I would assume there is water somewhere." [on the road from Mosul to Arbil; does anyone have an idea which site this is?]

  • C. Saint Louis, "What They Were Thinking. Lance Cpl. Troy Merrell, Echo Company, Second Battalion, 25th Marines, Shatrah, Iraq, June 22, 2003," in The New York Times, August 17, 2003: "'We were out a little north of Shatrah, and we saw some ruins in the desert. The place was pretty much looted, huge holes everywhere. I found a conical stone with inscriptions all around it and that tablet, which was partially buried. The translator told us later it was from around 2000 B.C. and it was part of a King's temple. ... It was kind of a big deal that we found these artifacts, but at the same time I was a little ticked off -- we were still in Iraq.'"

 Photo: "Micah Garen"



This site is edited by Belgian archaeologist Francis Deblauwe, Ph.D., living in Streamwood, Illinois (USA), who is affiliated with Archaeos, Inc., and a research associate of the University of Vienna (Austria).