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Chronicle | Lost Kings of the Desert

An exploration of a lost city in the middle of the desert in Iraq.

CHANNEL | BBC 2

FIRST BROADCAST | 30 October 1979

DURATION | 49 minutes 19 seconds

FIRSTBROADCAST

1979

Synopsis

Professor Colin Renfrew examines the forgotten city of Hatra. The programme shows how this stone metropolis retained its buildings, unlike the mud-bricked city of Nineveh, which is now just a large mound or 'tell'. Renfrew visits the reconstructed gates and figures of winged bull-men that are all that is left of Nineveh, before illustrating the extraordinary society that existed at Hatra, which was influenced by the Romans yet remained independent.

Did you know?

Now known as al-Hadr, Hatra has been a Unesco World Heritage Site since 1985. In 2008, a Unesco mission visited and found some evidence of damage that had been done during the Second Gulf War. This was the same year that a team from the British Museum also visited archaeological sites in southern Iraq to assess damage with Iraqi colleagues.

Contributors

Narrator
Dr Majid Al Shams
Contributor
Robin Bootle
Producer
Programme Editor

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