The Caves of Al-Tar

On the right side of the road leading to the district of Ayn al-Tamur, 45 km southwest of Karbala, visitors come across a number of valleys with caves in them. These caves occupy a significant part of the Iraqi desert. The name ‘al-Tar’ literary meaning ‘mountain’ and also refers to the natives of these lands. Professor Hedo Fuji, head of the Japanese archaeological expedition who is in charge of excavations in the caves of al-Tar, said in his report that the caves date back to ancient times.