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Reviews Discovery of Assyrian wine presses dating from 2,700 years in Iraq

15:40  31 october  2021
15:40  31 october  2021 Source:   avis-vin.lefigaro.fr

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  Découverte de pressoirs à vin assyriens datant de 2.700 ans en Irak © Terra di Ninive AFP

The remains have been brought into a joint mission with Italian archaeologists and their counterparts from the DOHOUK Antiquities Directorate, Kurdistan Iraqi On two sites dating back to the reigns of Sargon II (721-705 BC) and his son SénaNacherib, who succeeded him. King of Assyria in the 8th century BC, Sargon II had established his capital in northern Iraq, on the current Plaine of Ninive, near Mosul.

Near Khinis site, archaeologists have discovered the remains of an "industrial wine factory", which would date from the time of Sénnacherib (704-681 BC. JC.), Explains to AFP Daniele Morandi Bonacossi, Co-Italian team of the team. "We found fourteen facilities used to squeeze the clusters and extract the juice, then transformed into wine," says the expert. According to him, this is the first discovery of the genre in Iraq.

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on the Faida site (Northern Iraq), archaeologists have found a nine long irrigation canal kilometers. "Twelve Monumental Bas-Relieves" of five meters wide over two meters high dating from the end of the 8th century BC and the beginning of the 7th century BC are visible on the walls. They were ordered either by Sargon II or by SénaNacherib. Each sign "represents the Assyrian king praying in front of the gods," says Daniele Morandi Bonacossi, with "the seven most important deities of the Assyrian Pantheon, represented in the form of statues."

"The statues are carried by sacred animals (...) Ishtar, the goddess of love and war, is on a lion," explains the archaeologist of the University of Udine.

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of the fabulous palace and temples built under the reign of Sargon II survived several mythical winged bulls - Lamassu - and murals exhibited at the Museum of Baghdad but also at the Louvre in Paris.

Iraq is the cradle of the Civilizations of Sumer, Akkad, Babylon and Assyria, to which humanity owes writing and the first cities. The country has been suffering from decades of the looting of its antiques, especially after the US invasion of 2003 and the arrival of the Jihadists of the Islamic State (EI) group ten years later. In the wake of its dazzling breakthrough in mid-2014, the EI had delivered "cultural cleaning" by shaving some of the remains of ancient mesopotamia, according to the UN, or selling parts to the black market.

mid-September, the United States had returned to Iraq the "Tablet of Gilgamesh", a 3,500 year old Mesopotamian jewel that was stolen in an Iraqi museum in 1991, when the country was plunged into the first war of the Gulf. Last July, 17,000 old 4,000 years old had already been to Iraq by the United States.

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