A burial mound in the north Syria Researchers have identified it as perhaps the world’s oldest war memorial.
Known as the White Monument of Lake Banat, the site was formerly considered the old mass grave of enemy fighters. However, a report published in the Journal of Antiquity on Friday suggests that it is a monument to the fighting of the dead community since the third millennium BC.
The authors of the report say that the systematic placement of the deceased indicates that it could have been a monument to the Taylor State Army that used chariots in battle. It also raises the possibility that the enemy may be one of the dead.
Similar sites are in point throughout northern Syria, and some are considered monuments to the victors of the war, in which victorious troops were buried unharmed in mass graves. Many Mesopotamian inscriptions honor the victory.
However, the lake formation site differs in both the structure of the body and the structure of the mound; Its cautious assembly indicates that it was instead compiled as a tribute to the dead of the war.
Anne Porter, a professor at the University of Toronto, said: “The ancients honored those killed in the war.
“We don’t know if they won or lost that battle. We know that they may have taken the corpse from somewhere else, long after the incident they intervened in a huge mound that looked miles around. “
Such a discovery marks the first known organized monument to war anywhere in the world. The report suggests building a monument – a major undertaking of the time – to send a message to nearby communities. It also raises the possibility of not fully understanding the importance of other sites in northern and central Syria and offering fertile ground for archaeological research.