Climate change has resulted in salty groundwater in Iraq’s ancient Babylon, which is corroding some of humanity’s earliest structures. Now, archaeologists are preserving locations that were previously regarded as one of the world’s wonders using low-salt mudbricks created by a local craftsman.
Archaeologists working to repair ISIS damage in Iraq discover Assyrian reliefs not seen in millennia. The rock carvings in northern Iraq are thought to date back about 2,700 years.
Babylon is an empire that was founded around the city of Babylon in Mesopotamia in 1894 BC, covering the lands of Sumer and Akkad. The center of Babylon was located on the present day Iraq. A large part of the Babylonian population has been composed of various Semitic peoples throughout history.
A mystery old fort that was previously only known from a few ancient coins may have been discovered in northern Iraq. Archaeologist Michael Brown of Germany’s Heidelberg University and colleagues believe they have discovered Natounia, a more than 2,000-year-old military and religious complex in the Zagros Mountains.
Wheat is a grain that now comes in over 25,000 different kinds. Wheat was domesticated at least 12,000 years ago, descended from an ancestor plant called emmer, which still lives today.