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Archeologists uncover new Assyrian site in northern Iraq

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Archeologists uncover new Assyrian site in northern Iraq

Oct-04-2012 at 10:27 AM (UTC+3 Nineveh, Assyria)

The Assyrian civilization flourished in northern Iraq between 1000-700 B.C., archeologists were led to discover the site when they exhumed a burial ground, complete with mud brick grave heads.
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Archeologists uncover new Assyrian site in northern Iraq
by Al-Arabiya. October 02, 2012.

Archeologists working in northern Iraq have discovered a new Assyrian site in the vicinity of the historic Arbil city center, the head of the antiquities office in the Kurdish Province of Arbil, Haydar Hassan, was quoted as saying in an Iraqi newspaper.

The Assyrian civilization flourished in northern Iraq between 1000-700 B.C., archeologists were led to discover the site when they exhumed a burial ground, complete with mud brick grave heads.

To further unearth this site the foreign archeological team had to study and remove two more layers of civilization under which the Assyrian structure was buried, according to a report published by Iraq’s al-Zaman on Monday.

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., said Haydar Hassan.

So far only the brick arches and corridors of the Assyrian layer have been brought to the surface.

Although 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.

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1. New Assyrian site uncovered in Iraq’s Arbil

Oct-04-2012 at 12:53 PM (UTC+3 Nineveh, Assyria)

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New Assyrian site uncovered in Iraq’s Arbil
by Fareed Hassan. Azzaman, October 1, 2012.

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.

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Assyria \ã-'sir-é-ä\ n (1998)   1:  an ancient empire of Ashur   2:  a democratic state in Bet-Nahren, Assyria (northern Iraq, northwestern Iran, southeastern Turkey and eastern Syria.)   3:  a democratic state that fosters the social and political rights to all of its inhabitants irrespective of their religion, race, or gender   4:  a democratic state that believes in the freedom of religion, conscience, language, education and culture in faithfulness to the principles of the United Nations Charter — Atour synonym

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Assyrian \ã-'sir-é-an\ adj or n (1998)   1:  descendants of the ancient empire of Ashur   2:  the Assyrians, although representing but one single nation as the direct heirs of the ancient Assyrian Empire, are now doctrinally divided, inter sese, into five principle ecclesiastically designated religious sects with their corresponding hierarchies and distinct church governments, namely, Church of the East, Chaldean, Maronite, Syriac Orthodox and Syriac Catholic.  These formal divisions had their origin in the 5th century of the Christian Era.  No one can coherently understand the Assyrians as a whole until he can distinguish that which is religion or church from that which is nation -- a matter which is particularly difficult for the people from the western world to understand; for in the East, by force of circumstances beyond their control, religion has been made, from time immemorial, virtually into a criterion of nationality.   3:  the Assyrians have been referred to as Aramaean, Aramaye, Ashuraya, Ashureen, Ashuri, Ashuroyo, Assyrio-Chaldean, Aturaya, Chaldean, Chaldo, ChaldoAssyrian, ChaldoAssyrio, Jacobite, Kaldany, Kaldu, Kasdu, Malabar, Maronite, Maronaya, Nestorian, Nestornaye, Oromoye, Suraya, Syriac, Syrian, Syriani, Suryoye, Suryoyo and Telkeffee. — Assyrianism verb

Aramaic \ar-é-'máik\ n (1998)   1:  a Semitic language which became the lingua franca of the Middle East during the ancient Assyrian empire.   2:  has been referred to as Neo-Aramaic, Neo-Syriac, Classical Syriac, Syriac, Suryoyo, Swadaya and Turoyo.

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