Tell Taya

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Tell Taya
Tell Taya is located in Iraq
Tell Taya
Location Nineveh Province, Iraq
Region Mesopotamia
Coordinates 36°19′57.34″N 42°29′37.36″E / 36.3325944°N 42.4937111°E / 36.3325944; 42.4937111Coordinates: 36°19′57.34″N 42°29′37.36″E / 36.3325944°N 42.4937111°E / 36.3325944; 42.4937111
Type tell
Area 20 km2 (7.7 sq mi)
Site notes
Excavation dates 1967–1969, 1972–1973
Archaeologists J.E. Reade

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[edit]

The site was first recorded by Seton Lloyd in 1938 during his survey of the region.[1] 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.[2][3][4] 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[edit]

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[edit]

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.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Seton Lloyd, Some Ancient Sites in the Sinjar District , Iraq, vol. 5, pp. 123-128, 1938
  2. ^ J.E. Reade, Tell Taya(1967): Summary Report, Iraq, vol. 30, no. 2. pp. 234-264, 1968
  3. ^ J.E. Reade, Tell Taya(1968-9): Summary Report, Iraq, vol. 33, no. 2. pp. 87-100, 19671
  4. ^ J.E. Reade, Tell Taya(1972-73): Summary Report, Iraq, vol. 35, no. 2. pp. 155-187, 1973

Further reading[edit]

  • 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

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