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Tell Khaiber: an administrative centre of the Sealand period

Campbell, S; Moon, J; Killick, R; Robson, E; Calderbank, D; Shepperson, M; Slater, F; (2017) Tell Khaiber: an administrative centre of the Sealand period. Iraq , 78 (1) 10.1017/irq.2017.1. Green open access

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Abstract

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.

Type: Article
Title: Tell Khaiber: an administrative centre of the Sealand period
Location: UK
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1017/irq.2017.1
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1017/irq.2017.1
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © The British Institute for the Study of Iraq 2016.
UCL classification: UCL
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of History
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1476498
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