Since 2010, a team of archaeologists from the University of Leipzig, in coordination with the University of Pennsylvania and Salahaddin University in Erbil, excavates the site of Satu Qala, located in the district of Koi Sanjaq in Iraqi Kurdistan, on the banks of the Zab between Erbil and Kirkuk.
Early polls showed an occupation of the site since 11,000 BC, covering the Neolithic period, the Uruk perod and the Bronze Age.
The tell appears being consisted of many palaces with decorative paintings. One of them shows a sphinx with a human head and the body of a lion. Above it is an inscription: "Palace of Ba'auri king of the land of Idu, son of Edima, also king of the land of Idu.