Dinka shown within Near East
at Qalat-i Dinka, September 26, 2019
Zab, Sulaymaniyah Governorate, Iraq
N 45°7'57 E
Qalat-i Dinka is an archaeological excavation
site in Iraq, which is located on the Little Zab, in the Sulaymaniyah
Governorate, in the very north-east of the country. Excavations have
been taking place there since 2016 after a fragment of a cuneiform tablet
came to light by chance. The excavation results are available annually
in preliminary reports and excavation publications.
Qalat-i Dink is mainly the remains of
a Neo-Assyrian city that took up about 60 hectares. The ancient name
of the city is unknown. Modern robbery excavations have often disrupted
the archaeological layers, which makes exploring the ruins more difficult.
Earlier remains dating back to the Copper Age have also been found in
various places in the city. A furnace from this time was completely
The size of the city and its structure
are relatively well known due to magnometric surveys. The ruins are
spread over a hill, which the excavators call the citadel, and the city
proper to the north, known as the lower city. Small areas have been
excavated in various places in the city. The residential buildings are
made of rubble, but so far no house has been completely exposed. One
building that may have belonged to a wealthy citizen of the city had
a large hall, the floor of which is paved with bricks. Three phases
could be distinguished. Remains of a wall were found below the house,
suggesting older buildings. This was followed by the phase in which
the house was built, and there are later graves that are spread over
the excavation area. The graves mainly contained jewelry as gifts, but
there was also a well-preserved bronze bowl.
The finds in the city proper include
mainly ceramics. But there were also cylinder seals that stylistically
dated to the first half of the first millennium BC. To date. In addition,
numerous iron arrowheads and fever came to light.
Graves from the Sassanid period have
also been found. They usually only contained a few jewelry gifts. These
were mainly stone and glass beads.
58 appears. Some of the excavated findings were put in buckets
109 is shown
of the surface of one of the adjacent outdoors. The area has been punctuated
by modern looters' pits
of a skeleton appears. Grave 103