BAGHDAD / Aswat al-Iraq: An ancient archaeological site, dating back to Ancient Iraq's Sumerian Era, was discovered in southern Iraq's Nassiriya city, the center of Thi-Qar Province, the Director General of the High Commission for Archaeology &Heritage, Qais Rashid Hussein said on Sunday.
"Our excavation teams have discovered an important site in a Sumerian position, dating back to the Dawn of the Ancient Strains - Third Century BC, south of Nassiriya city," Hussein told Aswat al-Iraq news agency, adding that "the site, carrying the name 'Umm al-Aqarib (Mother of Scorpions) consists of a worshipping position, housing units and about 600 archaeological antiques, that were handed over to the Iraqi Museum."
The archaeological sites in Thi-Qar Province, comprising amazing ancient archaeological sites, date back to the ancient historic eras of Misopotamia (Ancient Iraq), some of them dating back to the Somerian era and others to the Acadian, Babylonian, Firthian, Akhmenian, Sasanian or Islamic eras, whilst it comprises the world's most ancient archaeological hill, called "Al-Obali Hill", dating back to 6,000 BC.
Among the most ancient positions in Thi-Qar Province is the ancient city of Ur, the birthplace of Prophet Ibraim al-Khalil (Prophet Abraham), the site of the 1st Flood, as well as its King Ornmo, who laid the first law in the world, preceding King Hamouraby's law, and its ancient Ziggorat, its Royal Semetery, that comprised the world's largest trearsure, dating back to the Sumerian Kingdom, with its Queen Shaabad, where the world's most ancient worshipping place, known to have the first relationship of human beings with Heavens exists.
Thi-Qar also comprises the Kingdom of Lagash, where the first expressions in the world history were laid down by the Revolutionary Leader, Uro Kajina, who cancelled taxes and demanded equality among the people's classes, and where the first use of the word "Freedom" was used in the history of mankind.
Among Thi-Qar's ancient Kings had been King Antmina, who had been behind the digging the world's first canal to connect River Tigris with the city of Lagash, considered the world's most ancient irrigational project.
Nassirya, the center of Thi-Qar Province, is 380 kms to the south of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad.
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