Archaeologists from the State Commission on Antiquities and the Oriental Division of the German Archaeological Institute have unearthed a very fragile, unique, well-preserved 4,000-year-old boat.
According to the Sumerian King List, Uruk was founded by King Enmerkar around 4500 BC and was the largest settlement in southern Mesopotamia, if not the world.
The boat was buried in layers of sediment. Archaeologists show that the boat sank on the riverbank 4000 years ago.
The boat is 7 meters long and 4 meters wide.
In accordance with Iraqi antiquities law, it was taken to the Iraq Museum in Baghdad for further scientific study and conservation.
The excavation of this boat is only the beginning of cultural and historical understanding. The cause of the shipwreck is still a mystery. It is due to inclement weather, damage to the boat, or earthquake or tsunami. Archaeologists are still working to find out the real cause.
Who knows, there are many other ships still waiting for archaeologists.
Let’s uncover the mystery of history and archeology.