WATCH: Explore of the Palace of King Ashurnasirpal II

In 1845, the English archaeologist Austen Henry Layard began excavating in an area 20 miles southwest of Mosul in the nation we now call Iraq. After only a few days of digging he found the remains of the palace of King Ashurnasirpal II on the citadel of the ancient city of Kalhu (Nimrud), where the Hood Museum's six Assyrian relief panels were found.

This virtual CGI exploration, created and produced by Learning Sites, Inc., takes the viewer back almost 3,000 years ago to the height of the ancient Assyrian Empire and into the place of King Ashurnasirpal II at Nimrud. Based on archeological data and interpretation, the video walks the viewer through the original locations of each of the six relief panels in the collection of the Hood Museum.

This project was made possible by an endowment from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Created and Produced by Learning Sites, Inc., © 2020.

Written July 21, 2020