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Title: Tille Höyük and Iron Age North Mesopotamia
Author: Blaylock, S. R.
Awarding Body: University of Wales Swansea
Current Institution: Swansea University
Date of Award: 2005
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The multi-period site of Tille Höyük, on the River Euphrates in South-East Turkey was occupied through much of the pre-Hellenistic Iron Age (approximately from the 12th/11th to the 5th centuries BC). The site was excavated between 1979 and 1990 by the British Institute of Archaeology at Ankara. The thesis uses the analysis of the stratification, architecture and material cultural remains revealed by the excavations to examine the nature of the Iron Age sequence at a site on the periphery of North Mesopotamia and, thereby, that of the wider region (including North Syria and South-East Turkey). The thesis aims to produce a coherent account of the stratigraphic and architectural sequence at Tille; to evaluate information on the length of occupation; and to establish the reliability of pottery and selected objects. By comparison with other material on a local, regional, and inter-regional basis, it aims to place the results in their historical, chronological and archaeological context. The strengths of the site: a long stratigraphic sequence; a reasonably well-established chronology; breadth of exposure of architectural plans; a reliable ceramic sequence; are combined to provide an exemplar for the North Mesopotamian Iron Age. Tille adds new factors to an assessment of the Iron Age sequence: demonstrably continuous occupation through the ‘dark ages’ of the 12th/11th centuries; distinctive pottery types tied into the stratigraphic sequence that show other sequences to be incomplete. It enlarges the corpus of material culture; and fills gaps in knowledge of the provincial settlement and installations of the Neo-Assyrian and Persian Empires. Supplementary aspects include the discussion of well-preserved architectural plans of the Neo-Hittite, Neo-Assyrian and Persian periods; and the examination of aspects of archaeological excavation and interpretation with wider applications, in particular the validity of inferences from the study of pottery and artefacts.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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