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5,000-year-old Iraqi city discovered under a 10 metre-deep mound - along with remarkably well-preserved works of art
The city was a hub of activity in Iraq between 3,300 and 2,900 years ago. Discovery made after a local villager found clay tablet with 'Idu' carved in City of Idu spent much of its time under the control of the Assyrian Empire Archaeologists have found ornate wall plaques and tiles as well as beautiful paintings
By Ellie Zolfagharifard PUBLISHED: 10:31 GMT, 3 October 2013 | UPDATED: 16:34 GMT, 3 October 2013

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An ancient city called ‘Idu’ has been discovered in the Kurdistan region of northern Iraq. Hidden beneath a 32 foot (10 metre) mound, the city is thought to have been a hub of activity between 3,300 and 2,900 years ago. Inscriptions made for kings in walls, tablets and stone plinths, reveal that it was once filled with luxurious palaces.

It is thought the inscription was made by the local kings celebrating the construction of the royal palace. . The modern day name of the site is Satu Qala and a village lies on top of the Tell The discovery was made five years ago after a local villager found a clay tablet with the name ‘Idu’ carved in. They believe the city of Idu spent much of its time under the control of the Assyrian Empire about 3.300 years ago.The ancient city of Idu is now part of a Tell that rises about 32 feet (10 metres) above the surrounding plain. Archaeologists at the University of Leipzig in Germany spent the next few years excavating the area.

The seal would show a mythical scene if it was rolled on a piece of clay. to a time after the Assyrians had re-conquered Idu. facing a griffon The city is thought to have been a hub of activity between 3. The above image shows a living structure.000 years ago when the Parthian Empire controlled the area in Iraq THE ASSYRIAN EMPIRE Assyrian civilisation can be traced back to the third millennium BC. that may date to around 2. Some of its most spectacular remains date to the first millennium BC when Assyria dominated the Middle East.This cylinder seal dates back around 2.900 years ago.600 years. who may be the god Ninurta. with at least two rooms. It depicts a crouched bowman.300 and 2. .

The Assyrian king Ashurnasirpal II (883-859 BC) established Nimrud as his capital. also king of the land of Idu. Above it were the words: ‘Palace of Ba'auri. 'The discovery of ancient Idu at Satu Qala revealed a multicultural capital and a crossroad between norther and southern Iraq and between Iraq and Western Iran in the second and first millennia BC. During the eighth and seventh centuries BC Assyrian kings conquered the region from the Persian Gulf to the borders of Egypt. king of the land of Idu.' . His palaces were decorated with gypsum slabs carved with images of himself.' archaeologists Cinzia Pappi told MailOnline. But archaeologists also found evidence that it was a fiercely independent city.600 years depicting a man crouching before a griffon. and won. 'Particularly the discovery of a local dynasty of kings fills a gap in what scholars had previously thought of as a dark age in the history ancient Iraq. 'Together these results have helped to redraw the political and historical map of the development of the Assyrian Empire. son of Edima.’ They also found a cylinder seal dating back roughly 2. Among the treasures found were artwork showing a bearded sphinx with a human head and the body of a winged lion. Its people fought for. 140 years of independence before they were reconquered by the Assyrians. 'We were lucky to be one of the first teams to begin excavations in Iraq after the 2003 war.

On the right is a work of art showing a bearded sphinx with a human male head and the body of a winged lion .The left image shows a clay model of a bed something which has been found at other sites in the Middle East.

until a settlement is reached between the villagers and the Kurdistan regional government. the researchers will explore the surrounding area to determine the extent of the kingdom of Idu in its regional context The findings have been reported in the journal Anatolica. Researchers claim that it was created for Assurnasirpal II and that he must have had a palace built or rebuilt after the Assyrians had re-conquered Idu.On the left is a plaque that reads 'Palace of Assurnasirpal'. . On the right is a work of art showing a horse wearing a headstall being led by a man in a short robe The city was hidden beneath a mound. ‘For wide-scale excavations to continue. now stored in the Erbil Museum of Antiquities.’ Archaeologists plan to continue excavating the site once they reach an agreement. further work is currently not possible. which is currently home to a village called Satu Qala.’ said archaeologists Cinzia Pappi ‘Unfortunately. Together. has just been completed in co-operation with the University of Pennsylvania. In the meantime. at least some of these houses will have to be removed. called a tell. a study on the materials from the site.

They also plan to survey the surrounding area to get a better sense of how large the kingdom of Idu was Read more: Anatolica MOST WATCHED NEWS VIDEOS Previous 1 2 3 Next .Archaeologists are currently busy analysing artifacts already excavated.

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