Lost and found

Look: Researchers uncover a lost city only known from ancient coins

No, it’s not Atlantis.

Carving of a king-like figure at Rabana-Merquly fortress
Rabana-Merquly Archaeological Project

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In the days when the Silk Road crisscrossed through Europe and Asia, the powerful Parthian Empire played a pivotal role in connecting the East to the West.

Despite the empire’s significance, archaeologists know relatively little about the lives of the Parthians.

But excavations at a site in modern-day Iraqi Kurdistan shed light on what may have once been an important hub in the ancient world.

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