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World's oldest war memorial thought to have been found in Syria


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A burial mound in northern Syria has been identified by researchers as perhaps the world’s oldest known war memorial.

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The site, known as the White Monument, in the town of Tal Banat had previously been thought to be an ancient mass grave of enemy fighters. However, a report published in the journal Antiquity on Friday suggests it was a memorial for the community’s battle dead from the 3rd millennium BC.

“We do not know whether they were the victors or the losers of that battle. We do know that they took the bodies of the dead from some other place, perhaps long after the event, and interred them in a huge mound that was visible for miles around.”

Such a find is thought to mark the first known organised memorial to war anywhere in the world.

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Source: https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/may/28/site-in-syria-could-be-worlds-oldest-war-memorial-study-findshttps://www.dailyadvent.com/news/9773ba7bc3d20f67356e25cdf52a017e-Site-in-Syria-could-be-worlds-oldest-war-memorial-study-finds

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