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Ancient city of Idu discovered in Iraq


Archaeologists working in northern Iraq have unearthed an ancient city known as Idu.

Cuneiform inscriptions and works of art reveal the palaces that flourished in the city throughout its history thousands of years ago.

Located in a valley on the northern bank of the lower Zab River, the city’s remains are now part of a mound created by human occupation called a tell, which rises about 32 feet (10 meters) above the surrounding plain. 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 of the tell.

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Story: Owen Jarus, LiveScience | Photo: Cinzia Pappi

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