Tell Taya

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Tell Taya
Tell Taya is located in Iraq
Tell Taya
Shown within Iraq
LocationNineveh Province, Iraq
Coordinates36°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
Area20 km2 (7.7 sq mi)
Site notes
Excavation dates1967–1969, 1972–1973
ArchaeologistsJ.E. Reade

Tell Taya is an archaeological site at a tell (hill city) 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. One of the cyclider seals was quite unusual, containing only cuneiform writing which has not yet been deciphered.

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 tell 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. ^ Lloyd, Seton (1938-01-01). "Some Ancient Sites in the Sinjar District". Iraq. 5: 123–142. doi:10.2307/4241629. JSTOR 4241629.
  2. ^ Reade, J. E. (1968-01-01). "Tell Taya (1967): Summary Report". Iraq. 30 (2): 234–264. doi:10.2307/4199854. JSTOR 4199854.
  3. ^ Reade, J. E. (1971-01-01). "Tell Taya (1968-9): Summary Report". Iraq. 33 (2): 87–100. doi:10.2307/4199917. JSTOR 4199917.
  4. ^ Reade, J. E. (1973-01-01). "Tell Taya (1972-73): Summary Report". Iraq. 35 (2): 155–187. doi:10.2307/4199963. JSTOR 4199963.

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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