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News: Iraq
Rain helps uncover ruins in Babylon, Iraq. Finding ancient ruins due to heavy rainfall is not uncommon in the region. Photo Credit: Reuters/Asharq al-Awsat.
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by Archaeology Newsroom

Heavy rainfall in Iraq reveals ancient artefacts

After a long period of drought

Heavy rains in Iraq have revealed historical ruins that had been washed away in Babylon. The rains came after a long drought that has almost dried up the Tigris River.

Researchers were able to retrieve various items such as pottery utensils, coins and metal pieces, according to Hussein Fleih, Babylon’s director of antiquities.

The newly discovered items have not been dated yet, but researchers think they might be from the Parthian and Islamic eras.

This is not the first time this happens; last year about 1,000 items were found in a similar way. This shows that the ruins are not that far from the ground surface.

Dr Zain El Abidine Moussa Jaafar, archaeologist, said that the site were the pieces were found was the site of Borsippa Kingdom, where Prophet Abraham, born in Nimrud in Babylon, belonged.

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