Sep 18 2013
By Basem al-Rikabi
Azzaman, September 18, 2013
A team of Italian scientists is excavating the ancient site of Abu Tibra, believed to hold the remnants of a fabulous Babylonian town close to the Biblical city of Ur in southern Iraq.
The team of seven archaeologists will spend three months on the site and will employ Iraqi diggers to help it unearth its different levels.
The excavation of Abu Tibra by the Italian team is part of a program the Antiquities Department has drawn to shed more light on the ancient Babylonian era that flourished in southern Iraq nearly 4000 years ago.
The Abu Tibra site and the town beneath it were the scene of small-scale excavation by foreign archaeologists nearly three decades ago.
Foreign excavation teams stopped working in Iraq when the U.N. imposed punitive sanctions on the regime for its 1990 invasion of Kuwait.
Excavations then revealed that Abu Tibra was originally the site of a flourishing and prosperous Babylonian town in light of the artifacts the scientists had unearthed.
Thanks to its relative quiet, foreign excavation teams are returning to southern Iraq, where the country’s most treasured Mesopotamian sites are located.
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