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In Iraqi Kurdistan, excavations carried out by a French archaeological mission have revealed an ancient city on the site of Kunara. Towards the end of the 3rd millennium BC, this city stood in the heart of an unknown kingdom: that of the mountain people, who had until then remained in the shadow of their powerful Mesopotamian neighbours.

Amorites were known as highlanders or mountain Canaanites - they were also some of the main driving forces behind Sumeria and Assyria. Interesting...