The Erbil city, the third largest in Iraq and located in the Kurdistan region, has, according to experts, more than 1,000 different archaeological sites. The hills we see in this region were once villages, which were either abandoned, destroyed or devastated by disease. According to Erbil Directorate of ArcheologyOf this total of 1,000 archaeological sites, only 1% has been excavated.
In late 2010, the archaeologist Nadir babakir looked closely at a hill in the Hasarok neighborhood, a new area on the outskirts of Erbil. After some initial investigations, he was convinced that the hill was a historical site.
“I immediately informed the Directorate of Archeology, the Ministry of Tourism and the Municipality about it”, express. He added that “He was worried about what would happen because the Government had already given the land to the people to build houses on it.”.
Some time later, the Directorate of Archeology sent a team to the site and after some research, confirmed the archaeological find. Thus, he gave the order to stop the construction of houses, compensating their owners and the site was renamed "Nadir”, In honor of the discoverer, because in Kurdistan, the law grants that honor.
The Directorate of Archeology signed an agreement with the University of Athens to excavate the site and work has been done for a month. In a press conference, the head of the Greek team, Dr. Kosta, revealed that the research carried out managed to date the town at 7,000 years old, being from the Mesopotamian era.
Kosta said that more than 1,000 pieces on site, including bags, glasses, paintings of animals and remains of people, animals and birds. "Some remains of birds found are of species that no longer exist”, He expressed.
The team returned to work in October of last year and the excavations will last five years.
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The Kurdistan region It has at least 1,307 known archaeological sites, one of the most famous being the Citadel of Erbil, the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in the world, which has endured since 6,000 BC.
Another great site is the Shanidar Cave, where nine Neanderthal skeletons dated between 60,000 and 80,000 years have been found. The cave is located in Mountain Bradost, in the Erbil province and was excavated between 1957 and 1961 by Ralph Solecki and his team from America`s Columbia University, thus discovering the first Neanderthals adults in Iraq.
So much Erbil as Suleimaniya They have museums with collections of antiquities, statues and archaeological remains from the region, while the Duhok Museum offers a sampling of folklore and heritage from the entire Kurdistan region.
Source: Kurdish Globe
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