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Archaeological Discoveries in Northern Iraq Evidence the Rise of Private Property and the First City-States

Since 2015, a team of researchers from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) has been carrying out an ambitious international archaeological research project in the historic region of Northern Mesopotamia, currently known as Iraqi Kurdistan. This area, which has been closed to international archaeological research due to complex geopolitical situations, has recently opened, allowing the […]

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Digital Model of the Ancient City of Uruk Created [Video]

The method presented by Max Haibt (Department of the Orient of the German Archaeological Institute) involves the efficient three-dimensional recording of 40 square kilometers using a long-range UAV, as well as the development of a virtual research environment where the high-resolution 3D model is available in real-time. The high resolution and spatial accuracy allow for […]

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Face of a 75,000-year-old Neanderthal Woman whose Remains were Found in Shanidar Cave Reconstructed

A team of archaeologists and researchers, led by the University of Cambridge, has painstakingly reconstructed the face of a female Neanderthal who lived around 75,000 years ago and was buried in the heart of Iraqi Kurdistan. The story began in 2018 when the team excavated the remains of this Neanderthal woman from the Shanidar cave, […]

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Sanctuary of the Water Goddess Anahita Found in the Fortress of Rabana-Merquly of the Parthian Empire

The ancient mountain settlement of Rabana-Merquly, situated in present-day Iraqi Kurdistan, was not merely a military fortress but may have also served as a “sanctuary” dedicated to the ancient Persian water goddess Anahita. The architectural structures near a natural waterfall and the remains of a possible fire altar suggest the existence of a place of […]

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Sassanian Empire-Era Structures and Artifacts Discovered in the City of Najaf in Iraq

The General Authority of Antiquities and Heritage of Iraq announced the discovery of remains of buildings and a variety of objects at the site of Tell al-Badu, south of the city of Najaf (Najaf al-Ashraf). The director of the Excavation Department of the Authority, Soheil al-Tamimi, explained that the local mission has uncovered parts of […]

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The First Museum in History Was Created in 530 BC in the City of Ur by Princess Ennigaldi

Archaeologist Leonard Woolley made amazing discoveries during his life, he directed with T.E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) the excavations of Carchemish, he found the statue-biography of King Idrimi, and the geological evidence of the flood told in the Epic of Gilgamesh. Woolley is most renowned for his excavations in the ancient Sumerian city of Ur […]

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Three qanat systems built by the Parthians and the Sassanids in Iraq between the 1st century BC and the 3rd century AD uncovered in Iraq

Professor Ali Obeid Shilgam, the Director General of the Department of Archaeological Research in Iraq, announced the findings during archaeological survey work in the Diyala region, where three qanat systems dating from the 1st century BC to the 3rd century AD were uncovered. Qanats, also known as underground aqueducts, are among the oldest irrigation systems […]

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Archaeologists uncover the ancient city of Jalula, where Sasanians and Muslims engaged in a historic clash back in 637 AD

In an exciting announcement, the General Authority for Antiquities and Heritage of Iraq has revealed the discovery of the boundaries and various structures of the ancient city of Jalula, the city that witnessed the famous battle of the same name 1386 years ago. The Director-General of the Directorate of Research and Archaeological Excavations, Professor Ali […]

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A single family remains in the Erbil citadel, the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in the world

The Near and Middle East are full of cities of proven antiquity, such as Byblos, Sidon, Jericho, Susa… Less well known is the city of Erbil, in Iraqi Kurdistan, at the center of which is a fortified mound that claims to be the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in the world: the Erbil Citadel. In November […]