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Tell Taya

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Location  Nineveh Province, Iraq
Excavation dates  1967–1969, 1972–1973
Area  20 km²
Type  tell
Archaeologists  J.E. Reade
Region  Mesopotamia
Tell Taya

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Tell Taya is an archaeological site in Nineveh Province (Iraq). It was occupied from the third to the first millennia BCE.


History of archaeological research

The site was first recorded by Seton Lloyd in 1938 during his survey of the region. Tell Taya was excavated by a team from the British School of Archaeology in Iraq led by J. E. Reade in 1967–1969 and 1972–1973. Numerous stone structures were investigated, and pottery, along with a few tablets and cylinder seals, were recovered in the 9 layers.

Tell Taya and its environment

Tell Taya lies about 20 kilometres (12 mi) southwest of Mosul and Nineveh. The location controls a formerly rich agricultural area and an important trade route. It covers about 20 square kilometres (7.7 sq mi) and the central mound is around 9 metres (30 ft) high.

Occupation history

The site was heavily occupied on and off during the second half of the 3rd millennium, with some re-use in the Old Babylonian period and the Neo-Assyrian period. There is some evidence of Early Dynastic occupation, but major building at Tell Taya began around the time that the Akkadian Empire emerges.


Tell Taya Wikipedia

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