Herodotus Returns

French excavation commences at Arbil, Iraq
April 23, 2010, 5:58 pm
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Arbil, Iraq, where Czech archaeologists recently uncovered 200,000-year-old evidence of hominid activity, will see more attention from archaeologists with an French excavation. Arbil is one of the longest continuously inhabited sites in the world.

A French-funded archaeology team is working on the first excavations in Iraq’s northern Kurdish areas after seven years of conflict, the latest effort to save the country’s treasures from ruin.

Iraq, which the ancient Greeks called Mesopotamia or ‘land between the rivers’ because of the Tigris and Euphrates that flow through it, is regarded by archaeologists as a cradle of civilization.

But historic sites have been neglected and damaged by decades of war, sanctions and looting and Iraqi officials say the country needs millions of dollars to reverse the damage.

More on the excavations commencing in Iraq.


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