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Back Book Title Ziyaret Tepe : Exploring the Anatolian frontier of the Assyrian Empire

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Ziyaret Tepe : Exploring the Anatolian frontier of the Assyrian Empire
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- Timothy Matney (et a.)
- Turkey
- Kayik Yayincilik Ltd. (A Cornucopia Books), Turkey
- 9780956594891 ; 9786048308022
- 2017
- 232p. Includes Index
- 750 gms.
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Ziyaret Tepe, the ancient city of Tushan, was a provincial capital of the Assyrian Empire, in its day the greatest empire the world had ever seen. The excavations captured in this innovative book uncovered the palace of the governor, the mansions of the elite and the barracks of the rank and file, charting the history of the empire from its expansion in the early 9th century BC to its fall three centuries years later. The great mound of Ziyaret Tepe, with its accumulated layers rising 22 metres above the surrounding plain, is a record of thousands of years of human occupation. In the course of 18 seasons of fieldwork, both the lower town and the mound looming up over it yielded the secrets of Tushan, today in southeast Turkey, near the border with Syria. This has always been frontier country. Elaborate wall paintings, a hoard of luxury items burned in a cremation ritual 2,800 years ago, and a cuneiform tablet that hints at a previously unknown language are among the team?s exceptional finds. The story of the project is told by the specialists who dedicated years of their lives to it. Geophysicists, ceramicists, readers of cuneiform, experts in weaving, board games and Neo-Assyrian politics joined archaeologists, zooarchaeologists, archaeobotanists and many others. But this is no dry field book of dusty digging. Both accessible and scholarly, it is a lively, copiously illustrated record of excavations involving the whole team, a compelling demonstration of the collaboration ? the science, artistry and imaginative reconstruction ? that makes modern archaeology so absorbing.

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