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New Inscriptions of Gudea from Tell Surghul/Niĝin, Iraq

  • Davide Nadali EMAIL logo , Andrea Polcaro EMAIL logo and Lorenzo Verderame EMAIL logo


In 2015 the Italian Archaeological Expedition to Niĝin (Southern Iraq) started the exploration of the site of Tell Surghul (Dhi Qar province). Excavations concentrated on two main operations (Areas A and B), while a survey was conducted along the western border of the site (Area C). In the present article, the epigraphic findings (inscribed cones and bricks of Gudea) from the south and south-east areas of Mound A in Area A are analysed: inscriptions document the building activity of Gudea with the construction of the temple Sirara for the goddess Nanshe that probably occupied the top of Mound A.

Published Online: 2016-6-28
Published in Print: 2016-6-28

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