ANCIENT WAR ZONE
UNEARTHED IN SYRIA
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[ December 17th 2005 ]
excavating a site near the Syrian-Iraqi border
have uncovered an ancient settlement wiped out
by invaders 5,500 years ago, Associated
Press reports today.
in northeastern Syria, the ruined city of Hamoukar
appears to have been a large city by 4,500 B.C.,
said archaeologists Clemens Reichel and Salam
al-Quntar, who co-directed Syrian-American excavations
on the site.
to AP, Scholars had long believed that urbanized
societies started and were isolated in Uruk, in
southern Mesopotamia. But excavations that started
in 1999 at Hamoukar and at other sites in central
Syria led to new ideas about how urban culture
spread in the region.
whole area of our most recent excavation was a
war zone," Clemens Reichel - a research associate
at the Oriental Institute of the University of
Chicago - said on Friday. "The picture is compelling.
If the Uruk people weren't the ones firing the
sling bullets, they certainly benefited from it.
They took over this place right after its destruction."
Mesopotamia was a region that included Iraq and
parts of Syria. Writings from Mesopotamia (Uruk,
modern Warka) are among the earliest known in
the world, giving Mesopotamia a reputation of
being the "Cradle of Civilization".
said research into the area would continue in
an attempt to uncover artifacts - including early
weapons of war - to support the theory that the
find represented an early battle ground.