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Excavations at Tell Brak Volume 2 : Nagar in the 3rd Millennium BC, Hardback Book

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

Part of the McDonald Institute Monographs series


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.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 643 pages, 100s of b/w figs and illus
  • Publisher: McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research
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  • Category: Archaeology by period / region
  • ISBN: 9780951942093



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