An archaeological gem in West Nineveh awaits exploration
WEST NINEVEH – Nestled 35 kilometers west of Mosul in Nineveh, the village of Al-Konsiya is the site of “Khurbet Al-Konsiya,” an archaeological treasure dating back to the Abbasid period. The site’s custodian shares its history with a mix of enthusiasm and reverence, bringing to life the stories whispered by its ruins.
Local officials in West Nineveh are delving into the history of the Al-Konsiya site, exploring its remnants and ruins near Al-Hamidat. Here, ancient water wells, fragments of walls, and the remains of caravanserais reveal a once-thriving city. Recognized by historians of the Umayyad and Abbasid eras, it served as a vital hub on the northern trade routes between Iraq and the Levant.
Khairuddin Ahmed, a Nineveh antiquities and heritage inspector, spoke with 964media, stating, “Khurbet Al-Konsiya stands out as a significant archaeological find in Nineveh. It was originally an Islamic city from the Umayyad and Abbasid periods, with some structures lasting into parts of the last century.”
While the site has yet to undergo excavation, there is optimism for future projects to unearth and showcase the Islamic civilization that once flourished in this strategically important area of West Nineveh. The goal is to transform it into a global tourist attraction.
Efforts are being made to prepare the site for visitors, drawing inspiration from the successful promotion of the Kingdom of Hatra site. These initiatives aim to ensure that Khurbet Al-Konsiya will soon provide a window into the region’s rich historical fabric.