Monthly Archives: August 2011

Assyrian language heard again at ancient Tushhan.

It has beenĀ over two millennia since the Assyrian language was last spoken at Ziyaret Tepe/Tushhan, but during a recent visit by Saliba Ozman, His Grace the Bishop of Mardin and Diyarbakir of the Syriac Orthodox Church (with the scarlet shirt … Continue reading

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All work and no play?

You may have gotten the impression that at Ziyaret Tepe, it’s all work and no play. Well, we do work very hard. We start work just after sunrise, and work throughout the morning with a brief breakfast break. There is … Continue reading

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More on ancient dog burials.

One reader had asked for more information about the dog burial (or “canid” as it will be called in the professional literature) in Operation N and Tina has kindly supplied the following. In general, we don’t have a large population … Continue reading

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Ancient Assyrians emerge in the lower town.

After excavating a considerable amount of Roman material in Operation U, John has finally reached the Late Assyrian building for which we’ve been searching! Immediately below the earlier Roman level in the lower town, John and his team found mudbrick … Continue reading

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A brief note on the Assyrian palace.

We are making excellent progress in our excavations on the citadel mound. Dirk is busy planning out the northern part of the Bronze Palace and, we think, may have recovered evidence of an even earlier palace below the 8th century … Continue reading

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Unexpected on the citadel mound.

On the citadel mound, a Medieval pit has revealed a surprising find – a completely intact canine burial at the bottom of what otherwise appeared to be a simple refuse pit. As you know from earlier posts, we have lots … Continue reading

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ZT blog back on-line.

Apologies for the long wait for a post from the Ziyaret Tepe project. We temporarily lost internet connectivity, but are now back up and live from sunny Tepe. There has been plenty of action here over the past five days; … Continue reading

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Roman architecture comes to light.

Our work in the lower town, Operations T and U, continues to be dominated by the Romans. We now have two clear levels of architecture in both areas with similar stone wall foundations, unknown in the Assyrian buildings, and associated … Continue reading

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Lourdes and Friederike provide expertise in artifact conservation.

You may have noticed in my last post that the coin in the photograph was clean, even if it was old, worn, and hard to read. Of course, artifacts don’t come out of the ground looking that good. At Ziyaret … Continue reading

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Roman coin provides clues to dating of Ziyaret Tepe.

One the more difficult parts of doing field archaeology is figuring out how old things are. There are a number of common techniques, such as radiocarbon dating which can be used to provide a rough date for organic materials like … Continue reading

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