ERBIL, Iraq — Salahaddin University in Erbil, Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI), in partnership with British and Spanish universities, has successfully conducted excavations at the historic Lashkeri site located east of Erbil. Remarkable discoveries, including pottery shards, earthenware, and shell artifacts dating back to 3,000 BC, were made by the Spanish and British excavation teams.
Dr. Kamran Yunus, President of Salahaddin University, highlighted the significance of the joint efforts, stating that the Spanish and British teams initiated excavations at the Lashkeri site in 2016 with the aim of delving into the region’s ancient civilization.
Dr. Miguel Morist, leading the excavation team from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, shared intriguing findings from the ongoing excavation season. He revealed that the site’s origins can be traced back to the third millennium BC.
Notably, the team uncovered a distinctive tomb, believed to belong to a nobleman who maintained close interactions with the local population. The burial included numerous artifacts, such as utensils, cylindrical seals, and a variety of archaeological remnants. These findings bear striking resemblance to discoveries from other sites in Anatolia and Afghanistan, indicating the region’s historical interconnectedness with other parts of the world during that ancient era.