Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Anqa, a twin city to Dura-Europos?

HISTORICAL GEOGRAPHY: Archaeological gem Dura-Europos found to be mirror image of Iraq's Anqa. Strategically located Dura-Europos was a ‘forgotten city’ in Syria and neglected by archaeologists who finally identified Iraq’s Anqa as its near-mirror image (Judy Siegel-Itzkovich, Jerusalem Post).

The site sounds worthy of further exploration and scientific excavation. But that may be difficult in the current political climate.

The underlying article, by Simon James in the Journal of Near Eastern Studies 83.1 (2024), is online, but behind a subscription wall: The Ancient City of Giddan/Eddana (Anqa, Iraq), the “Forgotten Twin” of Dura-Europos.

For many PaleoJudaica posts on Dura-Europos, see here and links, here and links, plus here and here.

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