Regional Security Boosts Archeology in Northern Iraq

Regional Security Boosts Archeology in Northern Iraq

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Voice of America, Mon, Sep 30, 2013

by Sebastian Meyer

The Iraqi Kurdistan region's historical richness is making it a haven for foreign archeologists. Dozens of archeological teams are working in the region, which is experiencing an unparalleled wave of archeological excavations.

Along with improved security, Iraqi Kurdistan is also home to one of the densest areas of Mesopotamian archeology.

"We’re discovering a completely unknown center of civilization. There are cities that no one has ever seen before, there are elaborate engineered canals and irrigation systems and unbelievable landscapes that we’ve known nothing about. We’re really in the absolute core of one of the world’s first great empires," says Jason Ur, of Harvard University.

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