Ancient city uncovered in Iraq

BY newsdesk  October 2, 2013 at 11:16 AM EDT

Photo courtesy Cinzia Pappi

The ancient city of Idu was uncovered beneath the modern city Satu Qala in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, reports the journal Anatolica this week. Cinzia Pappi, an archaeologist at Universität Leipzig in Germany, said Idu was an independent city-state 3,000 years ago when it broke away from the Assyrian Empire.

Cuneiform writing uncovered on the site described Idu as a flourishing kingdom for 140 years, until it was conquered again by the Assyrians, Pappi said. Archaeologists unearthed sphinx statues that once decorated King Ba’auri’s grand palace, and scrolls with images of griffons, relics from the city’s Assyrian past. The northern regions of Iraq have been relatively unexplored by archaeologists, due to decades of conflict. Further excavation of Idu is on hold, pending permission from Satu Qala’s government.
Owen Jarus from LiveScience has more on this story.

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