Teen hits back at ISIS with art
Teenager Nenous Thabit has been making immaculate statues that resemble some of the most precious Assyrian artifacts that ISIS destroyed.
By Basma Atassi, CNN

“They waged a war on art and culture, so I decided to fight them with art,”

A teenager of Assyrian descent has begun making sculptures and artwork of ancient Assyrian artifacts that were destroyed by ISIS.  Greatly connected to his ancestral roots, the young man is dedicated to letting the world know about Assyrian history and culture.


Hi everyone!! Today I will be sharing with you how I organize all of my school stuff in my binder.

This is the first thing you see when you open up my binder. It’s a simple dashboard, like I usually do.

It’s inside a sheet protector, in which I put any handouts I am given in class that are not hole punched. I also keep a few post its attached to the back of it, just in case (see below).

When I get home, I will take the class handouts, hole punch them and put them in the correct divider. 

Speaking of dividers, here is how I organize my binder’s contents:

- one divider for each class

- inside each divider, I keep the class syllabus in the front (see picture above)

Since I’m showing you my Pre-Classical History tab, I will explain exactly how I organize for this class.

So after the syllabus, I have the very first thing our professor gave us, which is the map of the Ancient Near East. I organize everything chronologically, as you will see.

It also has a map of Egypt on the back, because that was the first civilization we studied. 

After the map, I have my notes from the first class, which were typed. I decided to handwrite instead of typing my notes right after the first class, because I felt like I wasn’t retaining much information. So below is a picture of my first handwritten notes for this class, right after the notes from the first class.

I always put the date before I start my notes, and I write the date on every handout, so that I know where to put it when I hole punch it at home. 

Below is a quick video to help you see how my notes are organized:

As you can see, I write the date first, then I take my notes, put the handouts from the class next to the notes, and then in the next class I’ll write the date and do the same thing.

After we were done with the history of Egypt, we took the test and started another unit: Mesopotamia. So the teacher gave us a map of Mesopotamia, which I put right next to the notes I took when we started learning about this civilization (see below).

So this is basically how I organize my papers inside the dividers. 

Also, about the dividers, you might have noticed I don’t have all the tabs in this binder:

I only have 4/6 tabs, and one of them is for loose leaf paper. This is because I have another binder at home, in which I keep the dividers of the classes I don’t have on that day. This means on the binder I take with me I will only carry the classes I have on that day. Why would you carry stuff you don’t need, am I right?

This is the binder I keep at home. It’s way larger because this will hold everything from this semester when it ends.
I have a big binder for each of my semesters in college because you never know when past notes or tests will come in handy.

There are also days in which I need to take my laptop with me to school, and I don’t have a backpack, I just carry a normal purse with me, so the laptop AND the binder would fill up my bag. In days like these, I will take a folder with me (see below).

The mint one only has one compartment. I use it for days when I only have one class, but you can definitely use it for more than one class and use page flags to separate them.

The pink one has two little pockets, so I use each one for a different class.

What I take with me is:

  • the last 2-3 pages of notes from the class, to look back on if needed
  • any worksheets you might be asked to solve in class (my Spanish teacher gave us like 30 of these at the beginning of the year, and we solve one pretty much in every class, so I know to take them with me)
  • maps, texts, Powerpoint slides, and any other materials related to what you’re learning about
  • loose leaf paper

This is what the pink folder looked like when I took it with me on Friday. I didn’t have any classes, but I did have to work on a presentation. I took my laptop with me, and in the folder I put a document I needed to analyse, some loose leaf paper and my page flags to bookmark the book I’m basing the presentation on.

So yeah, that’s basically it!! I hope you guys liked this post, and that it helps you get organized for school. Let me know if you have any questions. Love you!! 💕

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Inside the 3,000-year-old Assyrian city of Nimrud, destroyed by Isis
Once the capital of an empire stretching across the ancient Middle East, Nimrud was looted and ransacked by the militants.

We recently posted an article about how Nimrud was recently liberated from ISIS after much destruction, death, and chaos.  This article shows some of what was lost at a truly intimate level.


Head of a man, fragment of a relief sculpture from Room N in the palace of the Assyrian king Sargon II (r. 721-700 BCE) at ancient Dur-Sharrukin = present-day Khorsabad, Iraq.  Now in the Cabinet des Médailles, Paris.

“Excavation of Persepolis (Iran): Gate of All Lands, Colossal Sculptures Depicting Man-Bulls: View before Excavation, Looking North-West”


glass negative from the Ernst Herzfeld Papers

Freer and Sackler Galleries

“Excavation of Persepolis (Iran): Gate of All Lands, Trilingual Cuneiform Inscription, XPa, Inscribed on North Jamb of Western Doorway”


glass negative from the Ernst Herzfeld Papers

Freer and Sackler Galleries

Neolithic Wine Jar from Hasanlu, Iran, c. 6th Millennium BCE

This “Wine Jar” was found at the ancient site of Hasanlu in Hajji Firuz Tepe, North West Iran. It is one of a series of jars found sunken into the floor along an interior wall of a “kitchen” in a well-preserved Neolithic house at Hajji Furuz Tepe. The jar had a capacity of approximately 9 liters (2.5 gallons). It is the oldest known wine storage container in the world. 

The practice of wine-making, or viniculture, can be traced back to the Neolithic period, 7,000 years ago when the first Eurasian grape vines were domesticated for this purpose. Residue analysis of the jar showed that it had contained a resinated wine; wine with terebinth tree or pine resin added as a preservative and medical agent. There was a red to go with the white wine, based on the colors of the residues.

The jar is held in the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.