Henry Wright is quoted in the International Business Times on the destruction of Assyrian archaeological sites, and thei5r importance:

It is important to note that this part of the world -- the Euphrates and Tigris River valleys -- holds a record of the earliest development of states and urban economies, which was around 4000 B.C.,” said University of Michigan professor of anthropology Henry Wright, whose most recent field study in Syria was overtaken by ISIS militants.