"Jonah's" Tomb at Ninevah wallows Older Assyrian Remains Beneath

Ninevah's sprawling ruins lie just across the Tigris River from Mosul. Excavations in the ancient city have given us a rich picture of Assyrian life, religion, history, and literature.

But all of this eloquent evidence has come from the site's main mound, which bears the modern name of Kouyunjik. It is to this religion that we owe the remains of Assyrian temples and palaces, with their impressive yield of sculptured monuments. Here, too, deep below the Assyrian levels, five layers of Prehistoric Ninevah have been found.

A short distance south of Kouyunjik another tall mound rises. Though attached to the original city compound, it has remained intact. This history-rich mound cannot be disturbed because it bears the mosque of Nebi Yunus, which, according to Moslem tradition, contains the tomb of Jonah, who foretold Ninevah's doom (Jonah 3:4).

From Wonders of The Past