The discovery of wine presses and Assyrian murals dating back 2,700 years in northern Iraq

Duhok-ALSharqiya, October 24: Italian archaeologists have discovered huge murals in an irrigation canal and wine presses that are more than 2,700 years old, dating back to the reign of the Assyrian King Sargon II and his son Sennacherib in northern Iraq.
The excavators found 14 facilities dating back to the Sennacherib era at a site near the village of Khans in Dohuk that were used during the time of grapes to extract juice and then turn it into wine, in the first discovery of its kind in Iraq.
The scientists also discovered in a site near Dohuk an irrigation canal with a length of 9 kilometers, which began to be built during the reign of Sargon II, and on its edges were engraved "12 enormous murals" dating back to the end of the eighth century BC and the beginning of the seventh century, each of which is five meters wide.
The rock-cut murals show the Assyrian King Sargon II offering prayers to the gods, as scholars believe that King Sargon or his son Sennacherib ordered their carving.


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