Archaeology of Ancient Iraq

Archaeology of Ancient Iraq is a new series dedicated to publishing the latest research on the archaeology and languages of ancient Iraq, from prehistoric to recent times. It aims to provide Iraqi scholars and practitioners with an avenue to international publication and also to ensure that research by international colleagues is distributed in Iraq.

The series has an international editorial board and is peer-reviewed. Titles are published in English and/or Arabic, and income from international sales will be used to distribute free copies to the State Board for Antiquities and Heritage and to Iraq’s universities. To date, 15 copies of AAI1 have been distributed to our Iraqi colleagues.

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Pottery from Tell Khaiber: A Craft Tradition of the First Sealand Dynasty

The First Sealand period in Babylonia has long been obscure, despite the major changes that occurred in the area at that time. The defining characteristics of its ceramics are almost unknown, making identification of its sites through surface survey almost impossible. However, recent excavations at Tell Khaiber near Ur have uncovered a large fortified building of the period, with a dated administrative archive. The pottery from it represents the first substantial stratified corpus of Sealand period ceramics, providing a solid chronological sequence for the middle centuries of the 2nd millennium in southern Iraq.  Using the latest methods and approaches, this volume not only establishes a typology and relative chronology, but also addresses the chaîne opératoire underpinning Sealand period pottery, from clay collection through to vessel use and discard.
ISBN 978-1-910169-02-5. xii +278 pp., 117 colour figures, 15 tables, 77 plates.
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“With this comprehensive publication of the mid second-millennium BCE pottery corpus from Tell Khaiber in southern Iraq, Calderbank presents an innovative, groundbreaking study in the field of southern Mesopotamian archaeology.”
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Tell Khaiber: A Fortified Outpost of the First Sealand Dynasty

Excavations at Tell Khaiber in southern Iraq revealed a large fortified building and associated archive dating to the mid-second millennium BC–the time of the elusive First Sealand Dynasty which ruled from the marshlands of southern Babylonia. This volume presents both the archaeology and the texts together. Chapters describe the development of the building itself, its spatial and architectural organization, the finds and pottery, as well as the 150 tablets which included letters, tax receipts and school exercises.

Publication date: Autumn, 2022

The Ninevite 5 Sounding at Tell Mohammed ‘Arab

Tell Mohammed Arab was one of the many sites excavated as part of the international effort to salvage sites that were subsequently flooded by the construction of the Saddam Dam upstream from Mosul. It was excavated from 1983-5 by the British Archaeological Expedition to Iraq and provided an interrupted sequence of Ninevite 5 pottery, crucially establishing the relative dating of the decorated pottery styles of that period — painted (earlier) and incised/excised (later). This volume presents the pottery and finds from the main excavation of the Ninevite 5 levels.

Due: Spring 2023

Editorial Board

Dr Jaafar Al-Jotheri, University of Al-Qadisiyah
Professor Stuart Campbell, University of Manchester
Dr Tim Clayden, Wolfson College, Oxford
Dr Jane Moon, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
Dr Mohammad Sabri, State Board for Antiquities Heritage
Dr Mary Shepperson, University of Liverpool

In partnership with the State Board for Antiquities & Heritage, Iraq

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