We are making excellent progress in our excavations on the citadel mound. Dirk is busy planning out the northern part of the Bronze Palace and, we think, may have recovered evidence of an even earlier palace below the 8th century BC walls that we have been digging since 2000. Earlier I mentioned that an inscription, found elsewhere, mentions that king Ashurnasirpal II rebuilt the city of Tushhan in 882 BC and constructed a palace in the city, but we have not yet found any evidence for the 9th century BC remains, so this latest discovery might prove to be a real breakthrough. There’s not enough evidence yet to put a certain date on the earlier construction, but the early results are quite interesting. Stay tuned!