the ancient monuments discovered in the ruins of ancient
Assyria has this inscription by King Ashurnasirpal II (reign
began in 883 BC.) of a conquered city:
"Their men, young and old, I took as prisoners. Of some I
cut off the feet and hands; of others I cut off the noses,
ears, and lips; of the young men's ears I made a heap; of
the old men's heads I built a minaret."
"Five Great Monarchies" vol. 2, p85, note.