|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.
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- Reade, J. E. (1968-01-01). "Tell Taya (1967): Summary Report". Iraq. 30 (2). doi:10.2307/4199854. JSTOR 10.2307/4199854.
- Reade, J. E. (1971-01-01). "Tell Taya (1968-9): Summary Report". Iraq. 33 (2). doi:10.2307/4199917. JSTOR 10.2307/4199917.
- Reade, J. E. (1973-01-01). "Tell Taya (1972-73): Summary Report". Iraq. 35 (2). doi:10.2307/4199963. JSTOR 10.2307/4199963.
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