According to researchers at University of Tubingen, Germany, the Bronze Age city was discovered earlier this year. This happened after large amounts of water were taken from Mosul's reservoir "to stop crops drying out."
According to archeologists, a 3,400-year old city was discovered in Iraq by archeologists after severe drought conditions caused lower water levels at the Tigris River.
According to Eberhard Karls University of Tubingen, Germany, a team of Kurdish and German archeologists visited the site at Kemune in Kurdistan Region of Iraq. The site was discovered in the waters of Mosul reservoir in early 2022.
According to the release, the Bronze Age city, which could be the ancient city of Zakhiku was discovered earlier this year. It was made possible by large amounts of water drawn from the reservoir "to stop crops from drying out," and it began in December 2021.
Archaeologists were forced to dig and document the ruins due to an "unexpected event". The release said that archaeologists found amazing results.
Archeologists discovered several major sites in excavations that took place between January and February. These included "a massive fortification consisting of [a] wall, towers, a monumental multi-storey storage building, and an industrial complex," according to the university's release.
It is believed that the lost city existed between 1550 and 1350 B.C.
Experts also noted that the group discovered five ceramic vessels, which contained "an archive of more than 100 cuneiform tablet records." Some clay tablets are believed to be still sealed in their clay envelopes.