Archaeological artifacts found in Iraq
A Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities spokesman says 30 unique archaeological artifacts have been found in the Iraqi city of Tekrit.
Ministry spokesman Abdulzahra al-Talaqani said the artifacts were located by municipal workers laying down pipes in the city, which had a large Christian population until the late 12th century, Azzaman reported Thursday.
Saood al-Azzawi, the city's Antiquities Department representative, said among the discovered artifacts are frankincense burners, silver rings and perfume vessels.
A number of the items bear cross engravings, while others contain precious stones, Azzawi added.
The antiquities official told Azzaman the recent discovery of the items should offer insights into the city's Christian period. He also said he was hopeful the archaeological find would result in excavations of Christian sites in the region.
Azzawi said the Salahuddin Province, which counts Tekrit as its capital, contains more than 800 sites deemed archaeologically significant.UPI