A Peek Into Ancient Sumerian Culture: 4,500-Year-Old Palace Found in Iraq

According to Arab News, a 4,500-year-old palace has just been uncovered in Iraq through a project run by the British Museum. A team of archeologists were researching the city of Girsu, which is 25 km northwest of Lagash at the site of what is known today as “Tell Telloh.”

The team found some inscriptions that referenced the existence of a palace in the area that dates back to the ancient Sumerian civilization. Researchers then told Miami Herald that the palace was named “Eninnu, the White Thunderbird,” and it apparently drove many generations of archaeologists to obsession with finding it.

The director of the British Museum, Hartwig Fischer told Arab News that “while our knowledge of the Sumerian world remains limited today, the work at Girsu and the discovery of the lost palace hold enormous potential for our understanding of this important civilization.”

What’s interesting about this finding is that the archaeologist who led the discovery of the palace was accused by disbelieving peers of “making it up” and wasting funding. The archeologist told Grampian Online that he endured a number of pessimistic views during his research before finally reaching his goal and actually locating the palace.

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