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The Old Babylonian Tablets from Tell al Rimah

Author: S.M. Dalley, C.B.F. Walker and J.D. Hawkins
1976
Format: xvi + 272pp., 122 plates, hardback
ISBN: 0903472031, ISBN-13: 978-0903472036

Fifty Years of Mesopotamian Discovery: The Work of the British School of Archaeology in Iraq, 1932-1982

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Editor: J. Curtis
1982
Format: 120pp., paperback
ISBN: 0903472058
Notes:

Out of print.

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Fifty Years of Mesopotamian Discovery


The Middle Babylonian Legal and Economic Texts from Ur

Author: O.R. Gurney
1982
Format: 203pp., 4 plates, hardback
ISBN: 0903472074

Nimrud: An Assyrian Imperial City Revealed

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Author: David and Joan Oates
2001
Format: Paperback, 309p, H239 x W159 (mm) 175 b/w illus, maps and plans, 16 col pls
ISBN: 9780903472258
Price: £19.95
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Nimrud (ancient Kalhu) in northern Iraq, was the capital of the Assyrian Empire during most of the 9th and 8th centuries BC, and remained a major centre until the destruction of the Empire in 612 BC. This authoritative account, written by two of the excavators of the site, traces its history and its gradual revelation through archaeological excavation, begun by Layard in the 19th century and continuing to the present day. The volume is abundantly illustrated and includes finds that have not previously been published, together with illustrations and the most complete account in English so far of the remarkable discoveries made in recent years by Iraqi archaeologists in the tombs of the Assyrian Queens. 

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Nimrud: An Assyrian Imperial City Revealed


The Published Ivories from Fort Shalmaneser, Nimrud

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Author: G. Herrmann, S. Laidlaw & H. Coffey
2004
ISBN: 9780903472166
Price: £18.00
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Nimrud is an exceptionally generous site, and has richly rewarded those that work there. It was first famous for the Assyrian bas reliefs found by the 19th century archaeologist, Austen Henry Layard, but is also famous for the thousands of ivories found during the 19th and 20th centuries. The ivories were mostly imported from the Levantine kingdoms to the west, either as tribute or booty, although there were some in the distinctive local Assyrian style. They were used to embellish furniture, as well as small objects, and are carved in a great variety of styles, but interestingly with a relatively limited repertoire of subjects. Their time of manufacture probably dates to the early centuries of the first millennium BCE, although their archaeological context is dated by the fall of the Assyrian empire in 614-612 BCE. This publication is a supplement to the volumes already published, which catalogue the ivories, and instead presents scans from the original photographs, where possible, of the ivories from Fort Shalmaneser, which have been published in the first five volumes, so that scholars can select and rearrange ivories as appropriate. In this way, the next generation of work involving deeper stylistic and analytic studies by a range of scholars asking different questions may be undertaken.

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The Published Ivories from Fort Shalmaneser, Nimrud


Studies in the Ancient History of Northern Iraq (reprint)

Author: David Oates
2005
Format: Hardback, 176p, H285 x W220 (mm) b/w illus, 16 b/w plate
ISBN: 9780903472197
Price: £30
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Subsequent examination of Stein’s draft-manuscript showed that further investigation and a more leisurely assessment were demanded by the range and importance of the subject and by changing perspectives. With the aid of the Stein Bequest to the British Academy, David Oates gave new substance to ‘the lost traveller’s dream’, extending it widely into a more general account of the Mesopotamian scene from the Assyrian period in the second millennium BC to the struggles of Rome and Byzantium with the Parthians and Sasanians in the early centuries AD. The book concludes with a study of little-known Hellenistic, Roman and Parthian pottery, mostly from the author’s excavations.

David Oates went on to serve the British School of Archaeology in Iraq as field director at Nimrud, director of the excavations at Tell al-Rimah, as Director of the School in Baghdad, Member of the Council, Chairman and President. David Oates died in 2003 and the reprinting of this volume by the School in his memory has been generously funded by The Charlotte Bonham-Carter Charitable Trust.

There have been no changes to the text or images (including a Foreword by Sir Mortimer Wheeler) and the pagination has remained the same. David’s widow and long-time collaborator, Dr Joan Oates, has added a Preface illustrated by a photograph from the author’s collection.

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Studies in the Ancient History of Northern Iraq


Languages of Iraq: Ancient and Modern

Editor: Nicholas Postgate
2007
Format: pp. viii, 187. 32 b/w maps and illustrations. Size 240 x 160mm
ISBN: 978-0- 903472-21-0
Price: £15
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For all five thousand years of its history Iraq has been home to a mixture of languages, spoken and written, and the same is true today. In November 2003, to celebrate the country's rich diversity and long history as a centre of civilisation, BISl presented a series of talks by experts on each of the major languages of Iraq and their history, and this illustrated volume brings these now to a wider public.

Iraq's languages come from different linguistic families - Semitic, Indo-European, and agglutinative languages like Sumerian, Hurrian and Turkish. Some, although long dead, have a prime place in the history of the Old World: Sumerian, probably the first language to be written and the vehicle of cuneiform scholarship for more than two millennia, and Akkadian, the language of Hammurapi and the Epic of Gilgamesh, and used across the Near East for administration and diplomacy. The history of Aramaic is even longer, stretching back to overlap with Akkadian before 1000 BC. It survives, precariously, in both written and spoken forms, being one of four languages spoken in Iraq today. Of these Arabic as a major world language has often been described, but here we have an account of the vernacular Iraqi Arabic dialects, and the descriptions of Iraqi Kurdish and Turkman are unique, detailed and authoritative.

Printed by Cambridge University Press. 

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Languages of Iraq: Ancient and Modern 


New Light on Nimrud: Proceedings of the Nimrud Conference 11th-13th March 2002

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Editor: J.E. Curtis, H. McCall, D. Collon and L. al-Gailani Werr
2008
Format: 336 pages, 9 pages colour plates, 8 pages plans & 295 b/w illustrations. Hardback, A4
ISBN: ISBN 978-0-903472-24-1
Price: £40.00
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This book publishes 34 papers by international and Iraqi experts given at a conference on Nimrud at The British Museum in 2002. Excavations at the important Assyrian capital city of Nimrud have continued intermittently since 1845, culminating with the discovery in 1989-90 of the tombs of the Assyrian queens with astonishing quantities of gold jewellery. All aspects of the excavations and the various finds and inscribed material from Nimrud are considered in this volume, with particular attention being paid to the tombs of the queens and their contents. The evidence of inscriptions and the results of paleopathological investigation are brought together to identify the bodies in the tombs. There is much previously unpublished information about the tombs, and the jewellery is fully illustrated in eight colour plates. Finally, the significance of Nimrud as one of the greatest sites in the Ancient Near East is fully assessed.

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Once There Was a Place: Settlement Archaeology at Chagar Bazar, 1999-2002

Author: Augusta McMahon with Carlo Colantoni, Julia Frane and Arkadiusz Soltysiak
Volume: 2010
2010
Format: Paperback, 428p, 88 plates
ISBN: 9780903472272
Price: £25.00
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This volume presents the research of the British team within the modern excavations at the northern Mesopotamian site of Chagar Bazar, resumed in 1999 after a 62-year hiatus since the excavations of Max Mallowan.  It incorporates settlement archaeology approaches and theoretical ideas of “place” in exploring the site and its internal and external landscapes.  The primary focus is the settlement during the early 2nd millennium BC (Old Babylonian Period, post-Samsi-Addu), its final ancient occupation. The authors have taken a contextual approach, integrating aspects of the settlement’s internal variations, including both community and private architecture, together with burial practices and symbolic and functional material culture.  While its political importance varied, Chagar Bazar’s persistence of occupation meant that it played a key role within the regional landscape as a meaningful landmark.

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Once There Was a Place: Settlement Archaeology at Chagar Bazar, 1999-2002


Your Praise is Sweet - A Memorial Volume for Jeremy Black from Students, Colleagues and Friends

Editor: Heather D. Baker, Eleanor Robson and Gábor Zólyomi
2011
Format: Hardback, A4, 472 pp (xii + 460)
ISBN: ISBN- 978-0-903472-28-9
Price: £35
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This volume is intended as a tribute to the memory of the Sumerologist Jeremy Black, who died in 2004. The Sumerian phrase, ‘Your praise is sweet’ is commonly addressed to a deity at the close of a work of Sumerian literature. The scope of the thirty contributions, from Sumerology to the nineteenth-century rediscovery of Mesopotamia, is testament to Jeremy’s own wide-ranging interests and to his ability to forge scholarly connections and friendships among all who shared his interest in ancient Iraq.

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Your Praise is Sweet - A Memorial Volume for Jeremy Black from Students, Colleagues and Friends