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The Heritage of Southern IraqThe Heritage of Southern Iraq

Civilization began in southern Iraq five thousand years ago. It is the land of great cities such as Ur and Babylon, home to the enterprising Sumerians, who invented writing and urban living, and later to the Babylonians, whose trading and military skills forged a mighty empire. Priceless information about mankind’s past still lies concealed beneath the landscape in the ‘tells’ – earth mounds – that are the remains of ancient towns, villages and farmsteads.

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