Archaeologists resume work in Iraq's Shanidar Cave
Archaeologists are now able to resume their work in northern Iraq's Neanderthal caves, thanks to the elimination of the terrorist group ISIS from the region. The terror outfit by the group made it nearly impossible for the researchers to make new discoveries in the region.
|The entrance to Shanidar Cave in Iraqi Kurdistan [Credit: WikiCommons]|
Before the invasion of ISIS in Iraq in 2014, a team of international researchers from over 16 countries were conducting excavation in the Kurdistan region, reports LiveScience. A collaboration between Kurdish forces and allied air strikes have made it possible to drag ISIS out of the region in the last few months, thus enabling archaeologists return to the site.
|Neanderthal remains were found, along with a plinth of sediment, in Shanidar Cave in Iraq |
[Credit: Graeme Barker]
Kurdish archaeologist Dlshad Marf Zamua believes that even though the terror outfit causes by ISIS has destroyed and looted a large number of sites of archaeological importance, there are multiple ways through which scientists, law enforcement agencies and scientific institutions across North America and Europe can help save the region.
|The skeleton of a Neanderthal found at Shanidar Cave, displayed at the Iraqi National Museum|
in Baghdad [Credit: Hadi Mizban/PA Images]
Author: Guneet Bhatia | Source: International Business Times [January 13, 2016]
Labels ArchaeoHeritage, Archaeology, Breakingnews, Early Humans, Greater Middle East, Iraq, Middle East