Tell Khaiber: An administrative centre of the Sealand period

Campbell, S., Moon, J., Killick, R., Calderbank, D. , Robson, E., Shepperson, M. and Slater, F. (2017) Tell Khaiber: An administrative centre of the Sealand period. Iraq, 79, pp. 21-46. (doi: 10.1017/irq.2017.1)

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Excavations at Tell Khaiber in southern Iraq by the Ur Region Archaeological Project have revealed a substantial building (hereafter the Public Building) dating to the mid-second millennium b.c. The results are significant for the light they shed on Babylonian provincial administration, particularly of food production, for revealing a previously unknown type of fortified monumental building, and for producing a dated archive, in context, of the little-understood Sealand Dynasty. The project also represents a return of British field archaeology to long-neglected Babylonia, in collaboration with Iraq's State Board for Antiquities and Heritage. Comments on the historical background and physical location of Tell Khaiber are followed by discussion of the form and function of the Public Building. Preliminary analysis of the associated archive provides insights into the social milieu of the time. Aspects of the material culture, including pottery, are also discussed.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Calderbank, Dr Daniel
Authors: Campbell, S., Moon, J., Killick, R., Calderbank, D., Robson, E., Shepperson, M., and Slater, F.
Subjects:C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > Archaeology
Journal Name:Iraq
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
ISSN (Online):2053-4744
Published Online:31 May 2017
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 The British Institute for the Study of Iraq
First Published:First published in Iraq 79:21-46
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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