Fake Archeological Sites of Mesopotamia

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This is just a veiwing gallery, an explaination can be found using the Search Bar in the header. Most of the images come from John Henry Hayes, an agent photographer that traveled around the Middle East taking pics of new stuff they call old and old stuff they call new.

The cliff rock-cut dwelling are my fav. I have mentioned these specific ones 3 times on this site without getting too deep into the past. They say these cones were made from volcanoes. I don’t trust volcanoes, plus, if that were true there would be more all over the place.

Here is a partial list

So-called acropolis and village of Utch Hissar seen from east

—ROCK DWEI.I.INGS, UTCH. Informant, and in the Middle Ages a captain of Timour Beg, who was sent to hunt out the cave-dwellers of this district, was shol with an arrow in similar fashion. Beyond the mill-stone is a series of dwelling-rooms, churches, and store-houses (that below Misti is reputed to contain as many as 400 dwellings), and the whole honeycomb is grouped round the village well, which in this waterless area is often very deep. water is lacking; the Turkish name of one of these villages, tells its own tale, and at another, Malakopi, the level of the water is about seventy metres below the ground. The burrowed habitations are also carried to a considerable depth. At Malakopi there are no less than five series one below the other and each defended by a mill-stone door. These subterranean warrens are called KaTavyia, " places of refuge, and the greater part of one of the of rock called Utch Hissar,Three Castles, by the village of Matchan, the ancient Matiane, is the most remarkable natural spectacle I have seen. The rocks at Utch Hissar, thrown up perhaps by some volcanic agency, were honeycombed at some date unknown by human inhabitants. Weathering has now stripped the outer surface of the rock, and the oblong niches to be seen are rooms the outer walls of which have dropped away. But more remarkable still is the valley at the head of which these masses of rock are placed. Here the absence of the hard integument has left the soft stone bare and nature has weathered it into a series of fantastic cones. Looking down the valley, one sees them not in tens but in hundreds. To add to the bizarre effect, their colour no less than their shape is unreal. Some are yellowish- white, some pink, some black, and some a dirty red. It is not unlike the mountain scenery in one of Giotto’s.

So then there’s this… ancient forgetten culture just happens to carve Iron Cross windows into their cliff walls

Most of the images were stashed in Cornell University, however UPenn sponsored a later expedition and their watermark is found on some old ones

  • Monastery on summit of a spur of Kara Dagh
  • Nippur, circa 1899,
  • Pinnacle of friable tufa at Doghanli in Phrygia.
  • Pinnacles at Georemeh
  • Portal of Khan or caravanerai at Suvereh
  • Exterior view of apse in eastern transept of St. Simeon Stylites
  • Ephesus to Persia. It is situated in Lycaonia, near the borders of Cappadocia and near the south end of the Tatta Palus
  • Seljukian princess at Caesarea
  •  Soghani Dere
  • Cliff at Georemeh
  • Kara Dagh
  • Hittite monument beside spring of Eflatun Punar in Lycaonia.
  • Ayazin in Phrygia
  • Kala in Northern Syria
  • Palmyra
  • Temple of Bel
  • Baghdad
  • Dome of the Rock

Here are a few that really stand out

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