Ancient City Discovered After Reservoir Dries Up Due To Drought

Ancient city discovered after reservoir dries up due to drought

This ancient city was probably an important hub between 1550 BC and 1350 BC.

An ancient Iraqi city, estimated to be nearly 3,400 years old, has been unearthed in the Kurdish region of Kemune in the country. The reason behind the sudden discovery is actually a drought that has depleted water levels in Iraq’s largest reservoir.

The settlement, believed to date back to the Bronze Age, was found after a certain area in the Tigris River dried up, allowing the city to be excavated before the dam flooded again. The German and Kurdish team of archaeologists have stated that this ancient city was likely an important hub during the reign of the Mittani Empire from 1550 BC to 1350 BC.

The archeology team is from the University of Freiburg in Germany and in their press statement, Dr. Ivana Puljiz: “Since the city was located directly on the Tigris, it may have played an important role in connecting the core area of ​​the Mittani Empire, which was located in present-day northeastern Syria and the eastern periphery of the empire.”

However, the dig was on a timer due to the rising water level of the reservoir. In their press release, the university said: “To prevent further damage to the important site from rising water, the excavated buildings were completely covered with form-fitting plastic sheeting and covered with gravel as part of an extensive conservation project funded by the Gerda Henkel Foundation. is intended to protect the unbaked clay walls and other finds still hidden in the ruins in times of flooding, the site is now completely submerged again.”

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