While news of droughts are never pleasant for any country, Iraq seems to have unearthed an ancient palace from a severely drought-hit reservoir. By Shubhanjana Das
The ruins of one of the least researched empires in the Ancient Near East, the Mittani Empire were found on the banks of the Tigris River at the Mosul Dam. Kurdish archaeologists are hailing this as one of the most important finds in recent archaeological history. The site is in a region called Kemune in the eastern shores of The Tigris in Iraqi-Kurdistan.
This imposing architectural structure is being preserved by the archaeologists to prevent any damage or destruction. The palace is a carefully designed building with some walls as high as two metres and some rooms even plastered. The team of archaeologists working on the site has also found paintings on the walls in shades of red and blue, which are thought to be common to the era but have been hardly maintained and preserved. Kemune is just the second site in the region where wall paintings from the Mittani period have been found.
This palace from the Bronze Age was made with mud bricks, widely used in buildings from the era. Archaeologists claim that the palace originally stood as high as 65 feet. Clay tablets covered with cuneiform, which is an ancient form of writing, have also been unearthed. However, the site was submerged again shortly after the dig without further approximations of when it’ll emerge again.