Ruins of a Sumerian palace found in Iraq

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(ORDO NEWS) — Archaeologists have discovered the ruins of a Sumerian palace that was built at least 4,500 years ago.

The discovery was made by researchers working in the ancient city of Girsu, which is located on the territory of modern Iraq.

In addition to the adobe walls of the palace, as well as more than 200 clay tablets, scientists discovered a sanctuary dedicated to the Sumerian god of war and agriculture, Ningirsu, after whom the city was named.

Previously, this structure was known only from written sources.

The city of Girsu (modern Tello) was located in southern Mesopotamia, about halfway between the Tigris and the Euphrates.

It was in this city about 140 years ago that evidence was first found that before Assyria and Babylon there was a Sumerian civilization in this region, although many scientists of the 19th century were skeptical about this idea.

Over the years of research, archaeologists have discovered an array of ancient artifacts here, including tens of thousands of cuneiform tablets, as well as the remains of a number of structures.

For example, in Girsu is the oldest of the existing bridges, built in the III millennium BC.


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