Ziyaret Tepe is in southeastern Turkey, on the Tigris River, south of the city of Diyarbarkir. It is about 2 hours drive from the famous Early Neolithic site of Cayönnü. The site is a very large tell site dominating the alluvial flood plain of the Tigris, with occupation from the Early Bronze Age to the Islamic period. The period of most intense occupation, when it spread from a small urban tell to a large outer town, was during the Neo-Assyrian occupation. This was the period when the Assyrian empire expanded northwards and Ziyaret became a provincial capital along the northern rim of the empire. From contemporary cuneiform documents, we know that the site's ancient name was Tushan. It held out for a few years after Ninevah (the imperial capital) fell to the Babylonians. Cuneiform texts, palaces, mansions, houses, storage facilities, extensive fortifications and many other parts of the site were investigated by survey and excavation from 1997-2013. The excavations were directed by Prof. Dr. Tim Matney (Univ. of Akron, OH, USA), with colleagues from Canada (Dr. Tina Greenfield), UK (Dr. John MacGinnis, University of Cambridge), Germany (Prof. Dr. Dirk Wicke, Goethe University, Germany), and Turkey (Prof. Dr. Kemallatin Korogulu, University of Mamara, Istanbul).
Dr. Tina Jongsma-Greenfield
Co-Director Near Eastern and Biblical Archaeology Laboratory (NEBAL)
Research Associate in Anthropology;
Research Fellow Member, St. Paul’s College
204 272 1591 Tina.Greenfield@umanitoba.ca