The Islamic State militant group has bulldozed the ancient archeological site of Nimrud in Iraq near Mosul according to media reports. Reportedly heavy military vehicles were used to accomplish the feat. The Nimrud site was considered one of the most important archaeological sites in the world and has been compared to King Tut’s tomb in terms of artifacts and the wealth of information derived from the stie. The ancient city was the second capital of the Assyrians. However, this is not the only site ISIS has destoyed.
I'm pretty new to the whole field of ancient origins/history, and I've been reading people like Robert Bauval, Graham Hancock, Zecharia Sitchin. I'm looking for recommendations for English translations of ancient texts, especially the bible, and Sumerian and Mesopotamian "mythology". I'm not a serious scholar, but I probably would prefer more scholarly translations with notes