On the Iraq border archaeological digs are a minefield is the title of a highly interesting article written by Mary Shepperson in November 2017 and updated as recently as 14 February 2018.
The modern war between
Iran and ended some thirty years ago
and the conflict as well as its consequences have been pushed to the back of
our memory and replaced by more recent (and apparently more dramatic) wars. But
the fact remains that in the spring of 1987, 60,000 Iranians and 20,000 Iraqis
were killed during the siege of Iraq . Basra
The reason I am pulling this out is because Mary Shepperson is looking at the damaged site of Charax Spasinou in the
of Basra, that was founded by Alexander the Great in 324 BC as Alexandria-on-the-Tigris.
Excavations at that site are far more complex than I made appear in my previous blog Excavations at Alexandria-on-the-Tigris and the damage that was done during the conflicts of the 20th and 21st centuries is beyond description. This is well illustrated by the drone picture published in said article: