Ancient Kingdom Discovered Beneath Mound in Iraq

Courtesy Cinzia Pappi
Mon, Sep 30, 2013

by Owen Jarus

Archaeologists have discovered an ancient city in the Kurdistan region of northern Iraq, said to have thrived between 3,300 and 2,900 years ago.
The art and cuneiform inscriptions the team uncovered provide glimpses of the ancient city's extravagant palaces. The city is called Idu, hidden beneath a mound.

The earliest remains date back to Neolithic times, when farming first appeared in the Middle East, and a modern-day village called Satu Qala now lies on top. Archaeologists also plan to survey the surrounding area to get a sense of the size of the kingdom of Idu.

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