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1,400-year-old loom found in Iraq

A 1,400-year-old loom has been found during excavations in northern Iraq. Iraq and nearby Iran’s history are therefore of great interest to archaeologists, who often must face both manmade and natural challenges when working in the region. Earthquakes, such as the 7.3 magnitude on that struck Iran and Iraq on November

Ancient lost city found in Iraq

Researchers believe they have found Alexander the Great’s lost city of Qalatga Darband in Iraq. Qalatga Darband, a fortified settlement in northern Iraq with a thriving wine trade, went unrecorded by history until its remains were discovered by archaeologists at the British Museum with the aid of drones. Archaeologists stumbled across the

Assyrian tomb found in Iraq

A vaulted brick tomb dating back between the 7th-9th centuries B.C., has been found in the Zagros Mountains in Iraq. Inside the tomb, which was constructed with baked bricks, archaeologists discovered three ceramic sarcophagi holding two skeletons. Eight other skeletons were found on the ground around the tomb, said Goran M.

2,400-year-old tomb found in northern Iraq

A 2,400-year-old tomb containing the remains of at least 6 people has been found in northern Iraq. The tomb was constructed toward the end, or just after, the time of the Achaemenid Empire (550 to 330 B.C.), an empire in the Middle East that was conquered by Alexander the Great in

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

Foreign archaeologists return to Iraq

The Iraqi Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities has granted permission to six teams of foreign archaeologists to start excavations in their country. "As part of its work programme for the current year, the ministry has reached agreements with six archaeological teams from Italy, the United Kingdom and the Czech Republic," Hakim

Airport expansion in Iraq uncovers 1,700-year-old church

The remains of a 1,700-year-old monastery have been uncovered during an airport expansion project in Najaf, Iraq. A hundred meters (yards) or so from taxiing airliners, Iraqi archaeologist Ali al-Fatli is showing a visitor around the delicately carved remains of a church that may date back some 1,700 years to early

Iraqis displaced by war set up homes on archaeological sites

Thousands of Iraqis who lost their owns in the war have set up new homes on various archaeological sites in southern Iraq. With violence ebbing, Iraqi and international archaeologists are again excavating and repairing the country’s historic sites. But they are running into a problem: thousands of Iraqis have taken up