The ancient slabs were found during the excavation of the Mashki Gate, partially destroyed by Islamic State militants in 2016.
Khaled Al-Asaad was beheaded in 2015 after refusing to lead ISIS to ancient artifacts from Palmyra that he had hidden in a secure location.
Last week’s stunning video of the destruction of the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is likely to renew calls for drastic action to save Iraq’s antiquities before they are lost forever.
They were removing “signs of idolatry.” That’s what an ISIS fighter said in a video published online Saturday.
Last week the United Nations Security Council adopted a new resolution to curb the trade of looted antiquities from Iraq and Syria. UN Security Council Resolution 2199 prohibits the trade of artifacts illegally removed from Syria since 2011 and Iraq since 1990.
Since our last report in early July, the destruction by the Islamic State has not stopped.
The militant group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has been destroying the artistic and religious heritage of Iraq and Syria as they continue to impose their fundamentalist Sunni doctrine on the lands they’ve occupied.