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Revisiting Tell Begum. A Prehistoric Site in the Shahizor Valley, Iraqi Kurdistan

Nieuwenhuyse, O; Odaka, T; Kaneda, A; Mühl, S; Rasheed, K; Altaweel, M; (2016) Revisiting Tell Begum. A Prehistoric Site in the Shahizor Valley, Iraqi Kurdistan. IRAQ , 78 pp. 103-135. 10.1017/irq.2016.7. Green open access

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Abstract

Tell Begum was previously explored by Iraqi archaeologists in the 1960s when excavations revealed a multi-period site. Among the key finds were Halaf period remains that are relatively rare in the region of the Shahrizor plain and included polychrome ceramics suggesting a local variation of the Halaf culture. Recent investigations and excavations in 2011 and 2013 revealed a 5 hectare site inhabited during the Halaf, Ubaid, Late Chalcolithic, and medieval periods. The Halaf site may have had an area of about 3 hectares, making it a relatively large settlement for that period, although its full extent is unclear. Offsite work revealed the area to have been well watered in the past, with likely neighbouring regions of woodland and abundant shrubs. The heavy sedimentation in the region has partially obscured archaeological remains, including possibly Tell Begum's lower mound. The site, nevertheless, shows continuity of settlement, indicating relative stability in settlement over long timespans.

Type: Article
Title: Revisiting Tell Begum. A Prehistoric Site in the Shahizor Valley, Iraqi Kurdistan
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1017/irq.2016.7
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1017/irq.2016.7
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the version of record. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Tell Begum, The Shahrizor Plain, Archaeology, Excavations, Halaf Culture
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Institute of Archaeology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Institute of Archaeology > Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1508024
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