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.

Tell Taya
Tell Taya is located in Iraq
Tell Taya
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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

History of archaeological researchEdit

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 environmentEdit

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 historyEdit

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 alsoEdit


  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 readingEdit

  • 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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