British archaeologists have unearthed a sprawling complex - the size of a football field - near the ancient city of Ur in southern Iraq, home of the biblical Abraham.

The structure, thought to be about 4,000 years old, probably served as an administrative center for Ur, around the time Abraham would have lived there before leaving for Canaan, according to the Bible. 
The compound is near the site of the partially reconstructed Ziggurat, or Sumerian temple, said Stuart Campbell of Manchester University's Archaeology Department, who led the dig.

UK archaeologists in Iraq find ancient complex near Ur, home of biblical Abraham by Sinan Salaheddin, Associated Press