Excavations at Tell Brak Volume 2: Nagar in the 3rd Millennium BC [Hardback]

David Oates (Author); Joan Oates (Author); Helen McDonald (Author)

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ISBN: 9780951942093 | Published by: McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research | Series: McDonald Institute Monographs | Year of Publication: 2001 | Language: English 643p, H280 x W216 (mm) 100s of b/w figs and illus




Excavations at Tell Brak Volume 2

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Tell Brak, ancient Nagar, was one of the most important cities in northern Mesopotamia in the third millennium BC and a focus of long-distance trade. It was also, for about a century, a provincial capital of the Akkadian Empire founded by Sargon of Agade. This is the second of four volumes on the 1976-93 excavations at Tell Brak. The construction level of Naram-Sin's Palace, discovered by Mallowan in the 1930s, has been used as a point of chronological reference to provide the first well-dated corpus of archaeological material in northern Mesopotamia belonging to the second half of the third millennium. The major Akkadian buildings at Tell Brak are the first well-preserved examples to be discovered at any site, and include a great ceremonial complex and a unique caravanserai that housed the donkey caravans bringing metals from Anatolia. During the ritual closure of these buildings beautiful silver jewellery was deposited, along with numerous copper/bronze tools and the skeletons of some of the caravan donkeys. Specialist reports provide detailed historical, geomorphological, ceramic, faunal, botanical, microstratigraphic and other data.

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