What does it mean to "discover" an ancient city?
"Our" city was, in fact, well known already, and yet
unrecognized. Three aspects of the puzzle were well known: a large
hill, by the modern name of Tell Mozan; a city of myth, called
Urkesh in antiquity, where the ancestral god of the Hurrian pantheon
resided; and the capital of the only known Hurrian kingdom of the
third millennium, also called Urkesh.
The peculiar chemistry of our discovery was that we linked the
three elements. We were able, through our excavations, to prove that
they all matched. The kings of history, the gods of myth, the buried
remnants all came together: Urkesh, a city founded some 5,000 years
ago, then buried some 3,500 years ago, could rise and speak today in
her own name.
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