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Ancient kingdom discovered in Iraq


Posted on Wednesday, 2 October, 2013 | Comment icon 22 comments


Iraq is filled with archaeological treasures. Image Credit: US Navy

Archaeologists have uncovered the remains of an ancient city that dates back to Neolithic times.

The discovery was made in the Kurdistan region of Iraq in a valley on the banks of the Zab River. What is left of the city once known as Idu is now part of a mound that rises up approximately 32ft from the ground and on which the village of Satu Qala now sits.

Idu is believed to have thrived between 3,300 and 2,900 years ago under control of the Assyrian Empire. Having later gained its independence for 140 years following a decline, the city was eventually conquered for a second time by the Assyrians.

A country rich in archaeological treasures, Iraq has proven somewhat inaccessible to researchers in recent years due to conflicts in the region. This is slowly starting to change, but it is likely that a significant number of potential discoveries will be missed because it is either too difficult or too dangerous to spend enough time studying sites of interest.

"Very few archaeological excavations had been conducted in Iraqi Kurdistan before 2008," said archaeologist Cinzia Pappi.

   
Source: Live Science | Comments (22)

Tags: Iraq, Idu


 
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #13 Posted by Big Bad Voodoo on 2 October, 2013, 21:44
Saddam.
Comment icon #14 Posted by bigjonalien on 2 October, 2013, 23:02
We were so much more civilized before man made religion
Comment icon #15 Posted by Big Bad Voodoo on 2 October, 2013, 23:11
What?
Comment icon #16 Posted by coolguy on 3 October, 2013, 4:29
Very cool find.
Comment icon #17 Posted by jaylemurph on 3 October, 2013, 5:20
I'm sure there were far fewer deaths, since they had to work up a better excuse than "god told me to." --Jaylemurph
Comment icon #18 Posted by Big Bad Voodoo on 3 October, 2013, 5:54
Then tell me when theocracy and religion developed since far as I know from day one humans have had beliefs.
Comment icon #19 Posted by Capt Amerika on 3 October, 2013, 11:29
Those fewer deaths couldn't possibly have been a result of fewer people on the planet and less access to one another due to transportation constraints right? You throw 1 million people in a city back then even without religion and people would be killing each other with rocks and clubs. Religion is just one of the many reasons humans kill one another and in today's society its not even in the top ten reasons.
Comment icon #20 Posted by Silver Surfer on 23 October, 2013, 11:46
so very true.
Comment icon #21 Posted by Harte on 24 October, 2013, 13:37
Only in the feeble minds of the ignorant. Please note that I'm not claiming that religion is a civilizing force, though some do. Harte
Comment icon #22 Posted by sards on 24 October, 2013, 16:29
Oh dear.


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