Archaeologists discover 3,400-year-old city in Iraq

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(ORDO NEWS) — A 3,400-year-old ancient city has been discovered in the Tigris River in Duhok province in northern Iraq.

Bekes Birifkani, director of historical artefacts and culture in Duhok province, said: “We have found an ancient city from the 3,400-year-old Mitanni era in the Semel district of Duhok.”

He noted that before the Mosul dam was built in 1990, the area was flooded.

Noting that more than 2,000 historical objects have been unearthed in the city to date, Birifkani said that this year’s excavations have also yielded important results.

Hassan Ahmed, head of the Iraqi Northern Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Cultural Heritage Protection Agency, said they have stepped up their work since the beginning of the year in connection with the withdrawal of water from the Tigris River.

“We are excavating here with the help of the German universities of Tübingen and Freiburg. There are many remains of buildings from the Mittani period in this ancient city. The ancient city we found is called Zahiko.”

“Thousands of years have passed, and its walls and structures several meters high have not collapsed.”


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