Archaeologists have unearthed 2,700-year-old rock carvings in Iraq.

An excavation team had been working to reconstruct the ancient Mashki Gate, which Islamic State (IS) militants destroyed in 2016.

The eight marble relics show finely chiselled war scenes, grape vines and palm trees and date back to the Assyrian King Sennacherib, who ruled the ancient city of Nineveh from 705 to 681 BC.

The archaeologists are working to restore the Mashki Gate site to how it was before IS bulldozed it.

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originally published at Global News - Social Gov