Archaeologists return to work on Babylon's ruins

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The ruins of the ancient city of Babylon lay unprotected during the Iraq war. Now archaeologists have returned to the site for the first time since 2003.

Lisa Ackerman is an excavator working on the Mesopotamia project. Speaking to BBC Radio 5 live, she says the site has had "nearly a decade of neglect."

Ackerman tells presenter Rhod Sharp about the vastness of the historic buildings; "When you look at pictures of the Ishtar Temple or the Processional Way, the walls are metres thick."

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