Lost City Uncovered Under Syrian Desert

On the border between Syria and Iraq, archaeological excavation has uncovered the remains of a settlement from the fifth millenium BCE.

Archaeologists Clemens Reichel and Salam al-Quntar are co-directors of the project, and said that the city of Hamoukar is notable not only for its age, but also for its northern location at a time when all similar-sized cities were thought to have been further south. Hamoukar was invaded and destroyed circa 4500 BCE, but it may have been founded as far back as 6000 BCE.