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October 6 2013

Incredible examples of ancient writing found in lost city in Iraq

Often when archaeologists find a lost city or civilization, they have to puzzle out what life was like there based on buildings and objects like pots and weapons. But the researchers who recently excavated the kingdom of Idu, which is over 5,000 years old, got lucky. They found some written records.

Like many ancient cities in the Mesopotamian region, Idu had long been buried under a mound of dirt called a tell. For thousands of years, people have built new buildings on top of older ones in this region. Over time, this creates the tell, which was about 32 feet high in the case of Idu and it's currently topped by a village called Satu Qala.

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