Sargon II relief. This wall relief was discovered in the ruins of ancient Khorsabad by the French archaeologist Paul Emil Botta in 1842.
It is considered an important discovery in Biblical Archaeology confirming the Biblical account.
The Sargon Inscription
The Sargon Inscription says "In my first year I captured Samaria. I took captive 27,290 people. People of other lands who never paid tribute, I settled in Samaria."
"Woe to Assyria, the rod of My anger And the staff in whose hand is My indignation. Isaiah 10:5
"In the year that Tartan came unto Ashdod, (when Sargon the king of Assyria sent him,) and fought against Ashdod, and took it;" Isaiah 20:1
"I will punish the fruit of the arrogant heart of the king of Assyria, and the glory of his haughty looks."
Detailed Description of the Sargon Relief
Material - Limestone
Neo Assyrian, reign of Sargon II
Date: 721-705 BC
Khorsabad (Dur Sharrukin), northeast Iraq
Excavated by: P. E. Botta in 1842
Location: The Louvre, France
The Louvre Excerpt
"At the end of the 8th century BC, Sargon II, king of Assyria, built a vast palace of over ten hectares in his new capital, Dur-SharrukÓn (now Khorsabad). Part of the rooms and courtyards were covered with a rich sculpted decoration." - The Louvre Museum
"Woe to Assyria, the rod of My anger And the staff in whose hand is My indignation. I will send him against an ungodly nation, And against the people of My wrath I will give him charge, To seize the spoil, to take the prey, And to tread them down like the mire of the streets. Yet he does not mean so, Nor does his heart think so; But it is in his heart to destroy, And cut off not a few nations. For he says, "Are not my princes altogether kings? Is not Calno like Carchemish? Is not Hamath like Arpad? Is not Samaria like Damascus? As my hand has found the kingdoms of the idols, Whose carved images excelled those of Jerusalem and Samaria, As I have done to Samaria and her idols, Shall I not do also to Jerusalem and her idols?"' Therefore it shall come to pass, when the Lord has performed all His work on Mount Zion and on Jerusalem, that He will say, "I will punish the fruit of the arrogant heart of the king of Assyria, and the glory of his haughty looks." For he says: "By the strength of my hand I have done it, And by my wisdom, for I am prudent; Also I have removed the boundaries of the people, And have robbed their treasuries; So I have put down the inhabitants like a valiant man." Isaiah 10:5-13
Ancient Babylonia - Nimrud
Archaeology of Ancient Assyria - Austen Henry Layard
Archaeology of Ancient Assyria - Ancient Assyria
HUNTING in the Bible Encyclopedia - ISBE
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Calah