BAGHDAD (TheBlaze/AP) — A British archaeologist says he and his colleagues have unearthed a huge, rare complex near the ancient city of Ur in southern Iraq, home of the biblical Abraham. The team first discovered the magnificent find using a satellite.
Stuart Campbell of Manchester University’s Archaeology Department says the site goes back about 4,000 years, around the time Abraham would have lived there. It’s believed to be an administrative center for Ur.
This photo taken on March 31, 2013 photo provided by Manchester University professor Stuart Campbell shows excavation in progress at Tell Khaiber, Iraq. Credit: AP
“It has been off-limits to international archaeologists for many decades so the opportunity of re-engaging with the study of the earliest cities is a truly exciting one,” Campbell said, according to Phys.org. “The satellite photos suggested the presence of a substantial building, and our survey has indeed confirmed that there is a building about 80m square, probably connected to the administration of Ur.”
Campbell said Thursday it’s roughly the size of a football pitch — about 80 meters on each side. He says complexes of this size and age are rare. The archaeologist also says one of the finds is a plaque of a worshipper wearing a flowing robe and approaching a sacred site. Read More>>>>>>>>>>>