Tuesday, August 23, 2005

A City Within A City In Erbil, Iraq

ERBIL, Iraq - "If a neighborhood is defined as a place where human beings move in and never leave, then the world's oldest could be here at the Citadel, an ancient and teeming city within a city girded by stone walls.

Resting on a layer cake of civilizations that have come and gone for an estimated 7,000 to 10,000 years, the Citadel looms over the apartment blocks of this otherwise rather gray metropolis in Iraqi Kurdistan.

The settlement rivals Jericho and a handful of other famous towns for the title of the oldest continuously inhabited site in the world. The difference is that few people have heard of the Citadel outside Iraq."

James Glanz "Under the Old Neighborhood: In Iraq, an Archaeologist's Paradise" New York Times (Science) August 23, 2005

Please see the article's photo gallery.

The Citadel, Erbil, Iraq

Photo credit: Georg Gensler (1973)/Photo Researchers, Inc via NewYorkTimes.com


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