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Nimrud : an Assyrian imperial city revealed
Oates, Joan.
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London : British School of Archaeology in Iraq, 2001.
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ix, 309 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 cm
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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. Contents: Introduction; Chapter 1: The Land of Assyria - Setting the Scene; Chapter 2: Major Palaces on the Citadel; Chapter 3: Tombs, Wells and Riches; Chapter 4: Temples, Minor Palaces and Private Houses; Chapter 4: Fort Shalmaneser: the ekal masarti; Chapter 6: The Written Evidence; Chapter 7: Types of Object and Materials from Nimrud; Chapter 8: Post-Assyrian Nimrud; Epilogue.

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For over 150 years, the royal Assyrian city of Nimrud (c. 9th-7th century BCE) has attracted the attention of archaeologists. This splendidly illustrated volume offers an updated survey of the ancient history; the architectural remains; the excavated tombs, temples, palaces, and private houses; and the numerous superb artifacts recovered from excavation. The Oateses are distinguished archaeologists (Univ. of Cambridge) who were deeply engaged in the excavations at Nimrud. Architectural drawings, topographical plans, and numerous photos (many in color) amply illustrate the wealth of materials excavated. Notable are chapters discussing libraries of written tablets; the excavation of Fort Shalmaneser, an arsenal and palace of monumental size adorned with rich statuary, murals, wall reliefs, and precious objects; the major palaces on the citadel; and the famed ivories as well as other superb artifacts recovered from the excavation of the palaces, temples, and wells. Notes, references, and a bibliography guide the reader to the more specialized literature. For a comprehensive and readable guide to an Assyrian royal city, this book is as good as they come. All levels and collections. C. C. Lamberg-Karlovsky Harvard University