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Britons unearth ancient Iraq site

Published 04/04/2013 | 15:11

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Excavation in progress at Tell Khaiber, Iraq, where British archaeologists have unearthed a huge ancient complex (AP/Stuart Campbell)
A clay plaque, found during excavations, shows a worshipper approaching a sacred place (AP/Stuart Campbell)

A British archaeologist says he and his colleagues have unearthed a huge, rare complex near the ancient city of Ur in southern Iraq, home of the biblical Abraham.

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Stuart Campbell of Manchester University's Archaeology Department says it goes back about 4,000 years, around the time Abraham would have lived there. It's believed to be an administrative center for Ur.

Mr Campbell said today it is roughly the size of a football pitch - about 80 metres on each side. He says complexes of this size and age are rare.

He says one of the finds is a plaque of a worshipper wearing a flowing robe and approaching a sacred site.

It's the first British archaeological dig in southern Iraq since the 1980s. It's possible because parts of Iraq are now relatively stable.

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