|Location||Nineveh Province, Iraq|
|Area||20 km2 (7.7 sq mi)|
|Excavation dates||1967–1969, 1972–1973|
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.
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.
- Seton Lloyd, Some Ancient Sites in the Sinjar District , Iraq, vol. 5, pp. 123-128, 1938
- J.E. Reade, Tell Taya(1967): Summary Report, Iraq, vol. 30, no. 2. pp. 234-264, 1968
- J.E. Reade, Tell Taya(1968-9): Summary Report, Iraq, vol. 33, no. 2. pp. 87-100, 19671
- J.E. Reade, Tell Taya(1972-73): Summary Report, Iraq, vol. 35, no. 2. pp. 155-187, 1973
- John Curtis, Fifty Years of Mesopotamian Discovery, the Work of the British School of Archaeology in Iraq, 1932–1982, British School of Archaeology in Iraq, 1982, ISBN 0-903472-05-8
- David Oates, The Excavations at Tell al Rimah: 1964, Iraq, vol. 27, no. 2, pp. 62–68, 1965