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8 December 2009
4,000-year-old grave unearthed in Iraq

An excavation team has unearthed an ancient burial mound dating to the first millennium BCE in Iraq. The Antiquities Department in Arbil said the grave was found in the central of the town and that the authorities had to purchase a few houses to make way for the digs.
     Arbil is reputed as the world's longest continuously inhabited site in the world and the modern city is built around an ancient mound with several archaeological layers on top of which stand fascinating old-style houses. In a statement the department said excavations were in their initial stages and Iraqi scientists had joined their foreign colleagues in the digs.
     
Source: Azzaman (1 December 2009)

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