Tell Hassuna

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Tell Hassuna
Tell Hassuna is located in Iraq
Tell Hassuna
Location Nineveh Province, Iraq
Region Mesopotamia
Coordinates 36°10′N 43°6′E / 36.167°N 43.100°E / 36.167; 43.100Coordinates: 36°10′N 43°6′E / 36.167°N 43.100°E / 36.167; 43.100
Type tell
Site notes
Excavation dates 1943, 1945
Archaeologists S. Lloyd

Tell Hassuna is tell, or settlement mound, in Nineveh Province (Iraq). It is the type site for the Hassuna culture (early sixth millennium BCE).

History of archaeological research[edit]

Tell Hassuna was excavated in 1943 and 1945 by a team from the Iraqi Directorate General of Antiquities led by Seton Lloyd.

Tell Hassuna and its environment[edit]

Tell Hassuna is located approximately 35 kilometres (22 mi) southwest of modern Mosul. It is a small site, roughly 200 by 150 metres (660 ft × 490 ft) and about 7 metres (23 ft) high.[1]

Occupation history[edit]

At Tell Hassuna, adobe dwellings built around open central courts with fine painted pottery replace earlier levels with crude pottery. Hand axes, sickles, grinding stones, bins, baking ovens and numerous bones of domesticated animals reflect settled agricultural life. Female figurines have been related to worship and jar burials within which food was placed related to belief in afterlife.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Seton Lloyd, Fuad Safar and Robert J. Braidwood, Tell Hassuna Excavations by the Iraq Government Directorate General of Antiquities in 1943 and 1944, Journal of Near Eastern Studies, vol. 4, no. 4, pp. 255-289, 1945

Further reading[edit]

  • M.H. Abdul Aziz and J. Slipka, Twins from Tell Hassuna, Sumer, vol. 22, no. 11, pp. 45–50, 1966