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Thursday, August 25, 2005

Ancient Erbil: A Layer Cake of Civilizations

A town in Iraqi Kurdistan sits atop a layer cake of civilizations that may go back as much as 100 centuries (that's centuries, not years). Archaeologists suggest that beneath the modern town, if investigated, lies the remains of hunter-gatherers, early agriculturalists, the Hassuna, Akkadians, Sumerians, Assyrians, Medes, Persians, Greeks, Parthians, and Abbasids. If future excavations confirm this, it will rival Jericho as one of the oldest, continuously occupied cities in the world. A few things stand in the way of exploration: political turmoil, lack of funds, and lack of sufficient publicity. Read the Story


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