Posted inArchaeology

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 […]

Posted inClassical Archaeology

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 […]