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2011-03-31 15:00:29

The first non-Iraqi archaeological investigation of the Tigris-Euphrates delta in 20 years was a preliminary foray by three women who began to explore the links between wetland resources and the emergence and growth of cities last year. "Foreign investigations in Iraq stopped in the 1990s," said Carrie Hritz, assistant professor of anthropology, Penn State. "Iraqis continued research, but because their work is unpublished, we are unsure of where they surveyed." The marshlands in Iraq and Iran...

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2008-09-05 13:45:00

The United Nations initiated a plan on Friday to have an ancient wetland located in southeast Iraq listed as a World Heritage Site. This geographic location is thought by some to be biblical Garden of Eden. The U.N. Environment Program (UNEP) said the marshlands were culturally important and had been almost entirely drained during Saddam Hussein's rule in the 1990's. "Because of what Saddam did, the marshlands were in danger of completely disappearing, as was the centuries-old culture of the...

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2005-02-21 06:46:50

WASHINGTON (AFP) -- Nearly one fifth of the Mesopotamian marshes of southern Iraq, almost completely drained by Saddam Hussein, are once again flooded with water, according to experts working on an international effort to restore the wetlands. Considered the cradle of western civilization -- the location of the Garden of Eden, according to scholars of the Bible -- the marshes, fed by the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, are key to the economy, politics and ecosystem of the region. "The future...