Shrinking Lake Reveals New Archaeological Sites in Iraq

Posted on April 14, 2009

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images2On the banks of Haditha Lake, rock staircases and the domed ceilings of mud-filled rooms are now visible under a carpet of shells left behind by the lake water.  Many of the Haditha graves date from the Assyrian period, but relics and sites around it represent a jumble of civilizations and eras spanning the last 5,000 years.

Droughts have led to the shrinking of a lake in Iraq’s western Anbar province.  Looting is Iraq has been an ongoing problem for several decades now, and there are fears that the new sites will be plucked clean before archaeologists have a chance to adequately survey.

Read the full story, Graverobbers feared as lake reveals Iraqi history.

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