(INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TIMES) — A team of Italian archaeologists have found a third millennium BC tomb in southern Iraq, which was the cradle of Sumerian civilization during the Bronze Age.

The tomb, excavated at a 42-hectare site at Abu Tbeirah, located around 12 miles from the city of Ur, may provide insight into the Sumerian civilization that flourished in southern Mesopotamia, modern-day Iraq, from 4000 to 3100 BC until the Akkadian Empire took over around 2270 BC.

Sumerians are considered as the region’s first civilized people, who were pioneers in agriculture, industries, trade, metalwork, weaving and pottery.

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