Tarabisu was a minor town until the control of the Assyrian Empire was moved to nearby Nineveh by Sennacherib. Two palaces were built there, one by Esarhaddon for his son and crown prince, Ashurbanipal. Two temples were found at the site, one being the temple of Nergal, constructed by Sennacherib, and added to by Ashurbanipal. One of the gates in the northwest wall of Nineveh was named for Nergal and the road from that gate to Tarbisu was paved completely in stone by Sennacherib.
- Austin Henry Layard, Nineveh and its remains with an account of a visit to the Chaldæan christians of Kurdistan and the Yezidis, or devil-worshippers, and an enquiry into the manners and arts of the ancient Assyrians, John Murray, 1849
- Austin Henry Layard, Discoveries in the ruins of Nineveh and Babylon, John Murray, 1853
- A Sulaiman, Discovery of the Assyrian City of Tarbisu, Adab al-Rafidain, vol. 2, pp. 15–49, 1971 (Arabic)
- J. E. Curtis, A. K. Grayson, Some Inscribed Objects from Sherif Khan in the British Museum, vol. 44, no. 1, pp. 87–94, 1982