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Lost Mesopotamian city discovered in Iraq

June 7, 2017 | Comment icon 10 comments



The ancient city has yielded thousands of artefacts. Image Credit: CC BY 2.5 Marie-Lan Nguyen
Archaeologists have unearthed the long-lost ruins of a 4,000-year-old city known as Xarab-i Kilashin.
Situated on the banks of the Great Zab river, the discovery was made during an archaeological investigation of the Fertile Crescent - a 3,000-square-kilometer region that many believe to have been the birthplace of agriculture sometime around 10,000 years ago.

The area had been off-limits for a long time due to political instability and the presence of ISIS.
"What is surprising is the size of this settlement," said Rafal Kolinski of Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan. "All the earlier settlements evidenced in the area are very small in size, rarely exceeding 1 hectare. The same can be said of settlements contemporary to Xarab-i Kilashin, our urban site, which were mere villages."

Covering a semi-circular area of the northern river bank with a diameter of around 300 meters, the site of Xarab-i Kilashin has already yielded an astonishing array of over 12,000 artefacts including pieces of pottery and terracotta stamps.

The city was thought to have been home to a dignitary who ruled over the surrounding lands.

Source: Yahoo! News | Comments (10)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by The Russian Hare 5 years ago
Wow!
Comment icon #2 Posted by Imaginarynumber1 5 years ago
I thought I found a lost city in my basement once. Turned out to just be old toys that one of my dogs was hiding.
Comment icon #3 Posted by spartan max2 5 years ago
I find it cool that after all this time there are still lost cities to find
Comment icon #4 Posted by Yamato 5 years ago
Question, how much are you going to be moved by some Iranian guy lamenting the loss of ancient archeology in America?   Maybe he's not interested in any archeological co-op with us either because we've already destroyed everything there is to dig up that we know of.   Looks like a wash. And what is an Islamist?   You just throw that word around haphazardly, maybe without even knowing it.   What do you think people from the Middle East would say, teachers and engineers and doctors and businesspeople, if you went up to them and asked them "Are you an Islamist?"   That's such a loaded question.  ... [More]
Comment icon #5 Posted by Amy01 5 years ago
It fascinating that these discoveries keep on.....
Comment icon #6 Posted by PhantomStranger 5 years ago
Look @ the clues man. Choose not to give gender. businessperson instead of businessman, and likely lives in the US (Speculation). Conclusion? Upper middle class progressive (regressive). Hence, no matter what you say you are bad. The only props he gets now is he has yet to call you a Nazi which is default here in the states.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Hanslune 5 years ago
Hundreds if not thousands of tells remain to be excavated in the ME
Comment icon #8 Posted by Yamato 5 years ago
So....you're going to be the defender of those "Islamic Ideals"?    I thought you were just spinning and now I know you are.  Both ways. Millions have been dying thanks in large part to our efforts.  Millions of real Muslims.   So it's cute that we can focus on the last few years and the destruction of artifacts when trying to use the word "Islamic" accurately in a complete sentence.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Frank_Hoenedge 5 years ago
The only interview to come out of ISIS controlled territory listed murder for not wearing a face veil, Muslim slaves that could be bought for 1200 euros and many other regressed atrocities that differentiate ISIS and Islamists, Islamists seek to convert all people to Islam. Muslims aren't anyone's problem. Islamists are close to a problem and ISIS is a problem, until they move 'online' from 'their last acre'
Comment icon #10 Posted by back to earth 5 years ago
If peace comes to the Afghan/Uzbek/Tajikistan area and research resumes .... we could be in for some interesting finds ;     http://discovermagazine.com/2006/nov/ancient-towns-excavated-turkmenistan


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