Archaeologist finds traces of 'humanity's first war' in Syria

BERLIN: A German archaeologist says he has found relics of "humanity's first war" in the northeast of Syria in the form of clay balls used as ammunition almost 6,000 years ago, the weekly publication Die Zeit said Thursday.

"We have there the oldest example of an offensive war," says Clemens Reichel, who is leading an archaeological dig in the ancient city of Hamoukar, on the border with Iraq, for the University of Chicago.

Reichel says the city, whose fortifications were 3 meters thick, was besieged and reduced to ashes, probably by attackers from southern Mesopotamia.

"It was not a little skirmish which took place here," said Reichel, who has been leading the dig since 2003. He speaks of a real "combat zone," to which the some 2,300 balls of clay discovered at the main part of the site bear witness. - AFP





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