Near the ancient city of UrIn southern Iraq, a group of British archaeologists has discovered structures that could belong to an unidentified palace or temple.
The team that works through satellite images alluded to a buried structure in the place, which after studying the area it has been discovered that belongs to the corner of a monumental complex It has rows of rooms around a large courtyard that could be about 4,000 years old. The walls of the structure are almost nine meters thick, which indicates that the interior would be rich or that the building was one of the most important.
Ur, the last capital of the Sumerian empire, was invaded and collapsed in 2,000 BC, the city was dedicated to the god of the moon and is famous for having a stepped temple (ziggurat). Many believe that it is the site of the birth of the prophet Abraham, known as the father of the monotheistic religion.
The last great excavation in Ur It was made between the 1920s and 1930s, but after the 1950 revolution that overthrew the Iraqi monarchy, the archaeological area was left out of the reach of researchers.
At that time, a British-American team led by Sir Charles Leonard WoolleyHe found these buildings but found it difficult to establish a coherent history for them since they had been restored several times.
In Ur, Woolley also discovered that at least 16 royals were buried with embedded gold jewelry and objects such as a gold lyre and lapis lazuli, one of the earliest musical instruments.
In the 1930s these treasures were divided between the British Museum and the University of Pennsylvania, which funded Woolley's work and the newly created Iraq Museum.
Jane Luna, an archaeologist at the University of Manchester, who is leading the expedition at the moment, says that what they are looking for in these now is information and not valuable objects, but in this field one can always be surprised.
The team of Jane luna, which has fought so hard for funding and visas, consists of seven archaeologists, of which six are British and one is Iraqi, they also have the collaboration of two Iraqi apprentices. It is funded mostly by a Swiss benefactor with the participation of the British Institute for the Study of Iraq, successor to an organization founded in 1932 in honor of Gertrude Bell, British administrator of Iraq after World War II and founder of the Iraq Museum. .
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