Herodotus Returns

Ancient Sumerian desert settlement found in Iraq
January 9, 2010, 7:18 am
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A 4,000-year-old settlement, rich in ancient artifacts, has been found in southern Iraq. I haven’t seen much on artifacts recovered, but be sure to check in as more news comes up.

Iraqi archaeologists said on Friday they have discovered a 4,000-year-old Sumerian settlement in southern Iraq, yielding a bounty of historical artefacts.

The site, in the southern province of Dhi Qar, is in the desert near ancient Ur, the biblical birthplace of Abraham.

“There are walls and cornerstones carrying Sumerian writings, dating back to the era of the third Sumerian dynasty,” said Abdul Amir al-Hamdani, head of the provincial government’s archaeology department.

Hamdani said the artefacts, which included sickles and knives, largely dated back to around 2000 BC, during the rule of King Amarsin, the third king of the third Sumerian dynasty.

More on the ancient Sumerian settlement.


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4,000 years old surely?

Comment by Jane

Jane – you’re absolutely right. The Sumerian site dates back to 2000 BC, meaning it’s 4,000 years old, not 2,000 years old. Looks I missed the AFP’s slip-up. Thanks

Comment by Will

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