Tell Taya (Samiatum) in Northern Iraq
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Tell Taya (Samiatum)

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Archaeology in the Near East Tell (mound) site in northern Iraq west of Mosul. The site spreads across some 155 hectares (383 acres) of land on either side of Wadi Taya ..... Evidence for prehistoric occupation consists of a few sherds from Ubaid and Nineveh 5 levels. About 2500-2000 BC it developed into a substantial town with most likely a Hurrian population and then declined and was a bandoned. Food remains from third-millennium levels include carbonized seeds of barley and emmer wheat with varieties of pea - lentil and grape. Animal bones mainly derive from sheep or goat - pig and gazelle; also from onager and cattle or aurochs. About 1900-1800 it was reoccupied and became a large village likely to have been called Samiatum. About 850-600 Taya was a small castle ..... Taya was first recorded by Seton Lloyd in 1938. The later survey and excavation of Tell Taya was undertaken by the British School of Archaeology in Iraq led by Julian Reade .....

Journal Articles

Tell Taya (1967): A Summary Report
J. E. Reade in Iraq Volume 30 (Pages 234-264)
Library of Congress # DS 78 A2 I7

Tell Taya (1968-1969): A Summary Report
J. E. Reade in Iraq Volume 33 (Pages 87-100)
Library of Congress # DS 78 A2 I7

Plant Remains from Tell Taya in Iraq (1973)
J. G. Waines in Iraq Volume 35 (Pages 185-187)
Library of Congress # DS 78 A2 I7

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