New Assyrian site uncovered in Iraq’s Arbil

By Fareed Hassan Azzaman,
Foreign archaeologists working in northern Iraq have unearthed a new Assyrian site in the vicinity of the Arbil Citadel, the head of the antiquities office in the Kurdish Province of Arbil Haydar Hassan said.

Hassan said the scientists through special soundings have come across three layers the oldest belonging to the Assyrians whose civilization flourished in northern Iraq between 1000-700 B.C.

In a press conference, Hassan said a brick bearing cuneiform writing led the archaeologist to the discovery of a small cemetery of mud bricks with burial artifacts.

The archaeologists are working to bring to surface the full picture of the structure, so far including brick arches and corridors, he added.

To excavate the Assyrian structure, the scientists had to first study carefully two more layers of civilization under which the Assyrian structure was buried.

Hassan said the excavations have shown that the Assyrian graves were covered by remains belonging to the Sassanid Persian Dynasty that ruled Iraq before being dislodged by Muslim Arab tribes from the Arabian desert in the 7th century A.D.

Archaeological teams from Italy, the U.S., Germany, Holland, Poland and Greece are currently working in northern Iraq.

Hassan did not say which foreign archaeologists were working on the newly discovered Assyrian site in Arbil.