A Dry Discovery

Check out this fantastic article about a sunken palace discovered in an Iraqi reservoir:

Drought in Iraq Reveals 3,400-yr-old Palace that Astounds Archaeologists

Jul 3, 2019 Nancy Bilyeau

After a drought caused water levels to recede dramatically in an Iraq reservoir, a 3,400-year-old palace was temporarily revealed that was hailed as an “archaeological sensation.”

The discovery of the ruins on the banks of the Tigris River prompted an archeological dig that scientists hope will improve understanding of the Mittani Empire, one of the least-researched empires of the Ancient Near East, the team of researchers said in a press release. “The find is one of the most important archaeological discoveries in the region in recent decades,” Kurdish archeologist Hasan Ahmed Qasim said in a press release.

A joint German and Iraqi team of archaeologists led a rescue excavation of the palace in Iraq unearthed by drought, known as Kemune, before the palace was once again swallowed by the waters of the reservoir, according to the Smithsonian.  “Despite the short field season, they were able to learn much about the palace, partially excavating eight of 10 rooms found within the complex. They discovered fired bricks used as floor slabs and 10 cuneiform tablets, which are currently being translated. One of them indicates that Kemune may be the ancient city of Zakhiku mentioned in other documents, suggesting the city must have lasted at least 400 years.”

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