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Shibaniba

Ancient Near East portal

Tell Billa (located 15 miles (24 km) northeast of modern Mosul in Ninawa Governorate, Iraq) was the Ancient Near East city of Sibaniba, not far from Assur.

History

There is some evidence of occupation as far back as the Early Dynastic period, including some Hurrian presence in the middle 2nd Millennium. The majority of excavated material, however, is from the Middle Assyrian and Neo-Assyrian times, including glyphic and epigraphic material.

Archaeology

The site consists of a large mound and covers around 30 acres (120,000 m2).

After some minor soundings done by Austen Henry Layard around 1850, Tell Billa was excavated between 1930 and 1934 by a team from the University of Pennsylvania and the American Schools of Oriental Research. The excavation was led by E.A. Speiser with Charles Bache. [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6]

Notes

References

  • C. L. Wooley and E.A. Speiser, Excavations at Ur;the Pottery of Tell Billa, The Museum Journal, vol. 23, no. 3, pp. 249–308, 1933
  • Jacob J. Finkelstein, Cuneiform Texts from Tell Billa, Journal of Cuneiform Studies, vol. 7, pp. 111–176, 1953
  • Claudio Saporetti, Middle Assyrian Texts of Tell Billa (Graphemic Categorization, No 3), Undena Publications, 1990, ISBN 0-89003-159-2

See also

External links

  • Expedition video from the University of Pennsylvania Museum
  • 3rd Millennium BC cylinder seal from Tell Billa - possibly lost
  • Archaeological site photographs from the Oriental Institute
  • Digital Tell Billa tablets at CDLI

Coordinates: 36°26′N 43°19′E / 36.433°N 43.317°E / 36.433; 43.317

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