Excavations at Tell Brak: Nagar in the third millennium BC

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British School of Archaeology in Iraq, 2001 - Mesolithic period - 643 pages
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 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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Geoarchaeology Landscape and the Region T J Wilkinson C A I French
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Air photograph of NaramSin Palace excavations
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The area around Tell Brak showing linear hollows and major terrain types recognizable on satellite images
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About the author (2001)

David Oates is the author of Earth Rising: Ecological Belief in an Age of Science (OSU Press) and Peace in Exile: Poems (Oyster River Press). He teaches English at Clark College in Vancouver, Washington, and lives in Portland, Oregon.

McDonald is a Fellow in Fine Arts at the University of Melbourne.

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