How climate change threatens the cradle of civilisation – Middle East Monitor

Late last year, archaeologists at the Slemani Museum in Iraqi Kurdistan announced an astonishing discovery. They had found fragments of a tablet detailing 20 new lines of text from the Epic of Gilgamesh, perhaps the oldest work of literature known to humanity. Dating from around 2100 BC it came from one of the world’s first civilisations, the third dynasty of Ur in ancient Sumeria.

This discovery obviously served as a timely reminder of just how precious archaeological and historical heritage from the Middle East is, and how the on-going wars and disorders in the region – particularly involving Daesh, who have apparently taken pleasure in destroying pre-Islamic artefacts – are a threat to all of humanity’s cultural inheritance.