How the first excavations in an ancient city are supporting its claim as the oldest continuously inhabited place in the world. By ANDREW LAWLER – ARCHAEOLOGY.ORG The earlier fortifications include a 60-foot-thick wall that likely had a defensive slope and a moat. The city’s formidable construction, says...

Kurdistan: A new dawn breaks for Near eastern archaeology   John MacGinnis  -  Konstantinos Kopanias  The Kurdish Autonomous Region in north-east Iraq is a land of craggy peaks, gushing rivers, and extraordinary archaeology. Yet, for decades, dictatorship and military conflict has kept the area off-limits. Now, as John MacGinnis and...

FOREWORD FOR THE KURDISH ETYMOLOGICAL DICTIONARY (COMPARATIVE)   This book is defined as unique, because there is no such attempt in any other group of language; moreover, it is considered to be the first embodiment of the Kurdish language dictionaries. We are fully entitled to allege that until now, the Kurdish...

Razbar Ensemble   Razbar Ensemble was founded in 1997 in Bonn, Germany, and it's primary goal is to present the sacred music of the Ahl-e Haqq, whose extraordinarily rich repertoire is derived from its deep roots in ancient spiritual and artistic traditions. From the outset of their...

Prof. Mehrdad Izady   Prof. Mehrdad Izady - مهرداد ئیزه‌دی Shot - April, 02, 2003 Mehrdad Izady, Fordham University, Examines Role of Kurds in the Future of Iraq "Iraqi's will not live in peace as long as Kurds are ignored, he says.\" Mehrdad lzady (Kurdish: Mihrdad Ízedí,...

The glorious Gutians -- Historic Kurdistan as ancient Gutium Samar Abbas -- iranian.com Abstract Historic Kurdistan as ancient Gutium. Describing the Descent of modern Kurds from legendary Gutians of Yore. Relation of the Jats with the Gutians & Goths. Disclosing the Gutians to be a branch of the Getae,...

Plimpton 322 is Babylonian exact sexagesimal trigonometry     We trace the origins of trigonometry to the Old Babylonian era, between the 19th and 16th centuries B.C.E. This is well over a millennium before Hipparchus is said to have fathered the subject with his ‘table of chords’. The...

Qanate Kurdo     Qanate Kurdo or Kanat Kalashevich Kurdoev, (Russian: Канат Калашевич Курдоев, Kurdish: Qanatê Kurdo; 1909 – October 31, 1985), was a Kurdish writer, linguist and academic. He was born in the village of Sûsiz near Kars in present-day north-eastern Turkey (then part of the Kars...

TWO MOTHERS   SUZAN SAMANCI - INTERNATIONAL PEN   THIS RIVER TIGRIS, how she rises and overflows! She’s gone berserk again. A soft breeze is bringing the scent of newly ploughed soil and of narcissi. How nice to feel the warmth of the sun on my back! Well, it’...