Bronze-age skeleton discovered in Soran

ERBIL, March 30 — The 964 Network has obtained footage of the discovery of a human skeleton in the Sidkan region of Soran district, which archaeologists believe dates back to the Bronze Age.

Abdel-Wahhab Suleiman, Director of Soran Antiquities, informed Network 964:
The workers who were extending a drinking water network discovered a large pot and a human skeleton buried towards the east. This method of burial is not consistent with Islamic traditions. The man’s right leg was above the left, and his hands were on his chest, indicating that he likely died in his home.

Preliminary examinations suggest that the man was 50 years old at the time of his death and that the skeleton dates back to the Bronze Age (3300-1200 BC), based on the direction of burial and other factors. Fortunately, all parts of the skeleton are intact, although some were slightly damaged during excavation.

A pot measuring 90 cm in height and 70 cm in diameter was also discovered.
Suleiman expressed his gratitude to the person in charge of the project for notifying them of the discovery and halting the project until the excavation work is completed. Soran district in Erbil is home to numerous archaeological sites, including Shanidar Cave, which is considered one of the most significant Neanderthal settlements.

Although human skeletons have been found during excavations before, the distinctive burial method used in this case suggests that the skeleton may belong to a “homo sapien” human being.