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Ruins of long-lost palace discovered in Iraq

July 7, 2019 | Comment icon 2 comments



Image Credit: University of Tubingen Science Center / Kurdistan Archaeology Organization
A recent period of drought has exposed 3,400-year-old ruins in the Mosul Dam reservoir in northern Iraq.
The impressive site, which was first glimpsed after water levels started to go down back in 2010, finally become accessible to archaeologists after a drought hit the Kurdistan region last year.

Featuring walls up to 22ft high as well as a lavish interior decorated with painted murals, the palace dates back to the time of the Mittani Empire which dominated parts of Syria and northern Mesopotamia from 1500 - 1400 B.C.

The building was situated around 65ft from the Tigris river and sat on the bank overlooking the water.
Among the discoveries made within the ruins were 10 clay tablets inscribed in Mittani cuneiform - a very early form of writing that experts are now working to translate.

Early indications suggest that the palace may have sat at the site of the ancient city of Zakhiku.

Dr Hasan Ahmed Qasim of the Duhok Directorate of Antiquities has described the find as "one of the most important archaeological discoveries in the region in recent decades."

Source: Live Science | Comments (2)



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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Manwon Lender 2 years ago
You come up with some pretty cool topics, keep them coming because I really enjoy these topics.
Comment icon #2 Posted by pixiii 2 years ago
This is going to be so amazing when they keep digging in Iraq especially. It's been an area that I don't feel has been studied anywhere near enough due to the hold Saddam Hussein had over it for so many years. It's such an ancient land with an incredibly rich history pertaining to the early civilizations in that whole area. Thanks for sharing this @Still Waters


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