Over 200 artifacts found west of Baghdad
The Iraqi Ministry of Culture, Tourism, and Antiquities announced on Tuesday that more than 200 artifacts have been found in the Abu Ghraib area, west of the capital, Baghdad.
A statement by the Ministry stated that the head of the archaeological team assigned by the General Authority for Antiquities and Archaeological Heritage, Haider Taha Al-Shammari, commissioned the excavation work on the plot numbered 351/4 in the Baghdad governorate / Abu Ghraib district.
He pointed out that the relics contain different archaeological artifacts, and accordingly, a contract was previously concluded with the General Authority for Antiquities and Heritage and the Sewage Directorate of Baghdad Governorate for granting a period not exceeding 120 days as a period for excavation works, but the excavation team stopped for over ten months due to the country's health conditions resulting from the outbreak of the Covid epidemic and the economic crisis in which the financial allocation of the project was cut off.
He explained that the excavation team obtained archaeological results that were revealed, which are the presence of rest areas and industrial workshops, the presence of several wells dating back to late Islamic periods, as well as finding more than 200 artifacts, most of them coins and pottery and metal saddles.