Context Title: Diqdiqqeh | DQ     
Context Name (Publication): Diqdiqqeh     
Context Name (Excavation): Digdiggah; DQ     
Context Name (Excavation): Railway site     
Context Description: Essentially a suburb of the ancient city, this area is located about 2 km to the northeast of the ziggurat of Ur. The precise extents of Diqdiqqeh were never defined, but Woolley referred to it as the low ground between the main railway line and the branch that went to Nasiriyeh. The train lines no longer run in the same place they did in Woolley's day, but Corona images allow us to recreate their paths. This makes the general boundaries west, south, and east somewhat known but how far it stretched north is not completely clear. From the first season workers walking across this area picked up surface finds and brought them to Woolley. At that time the location did not have a fixed name in Woolley's mind and thus first season references sometimes say 'near the railway' or 'near Munshid's water engine.' In the second season Woolley decided to investigate more systematically, but after two days of excavation he decided there was not enough remaining architecture to reward further work. Instead, he continued to allow the workers to gather finds over the next ten seasons, and many later catalog cards state "brought in: Diqdiqqeh" The finds from Diqdiqqeh indicate that the ancient suburb played a role in manufacturing and perhaps in commerce. Canals seem to have met in the area and boats may have unloaded goods here. Many figurines, tools, moulds and other crafting items are among the finds, suggesting that Diqdiqqeh may have been an industrial area away from the main habitation. The so-called Treasury of Sin-Iddinam was also excavated in this general area in season 5. In the Antiquaries Journal of January 1925, Woolley described Diqdiqqeh as follows: “A mile and a half NE. of the ziggurat, between the main railway line and the Nasiriyah branch, there is a patch of low-lying ground, occasionally cultivated, which the natives call Diqdiqqeh... a happy hunting-ground for treasure-seekers, and I took advantage of this fact to collect from the natives the scattered antiquities which they might bring to light.”     
Season Number: 01: 1922-1923      

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Object U Number Museum Number (UPM Date Reg Number) Museum Number (BM Registration Number) Museum Number (UPM B-number) Description (Catalog Card)
1029 (none) 1923,1110.118 (none) Rattle. Wheel form with double rim cogged and small central hole. Small stone(?) inside.Greenish clay.
1030 (none) (none) (none) Rattle. Broken and incomplete. Same type as U.1029 but with holes all over. Pinkish drab clay.
1031 (none) (none) (none) Clay Cullender. Shallow dish form pierced with 3 rows of holes and one central hole. Greenish white clay.
1032 (none) (none) B15229 Clay Cullender. Miniature: with flat everted rim.
1033 (none) 1923,1110.91 (none) Model boat. of Green clay. Side chipped and stern peak missing. Flat bottomed.
1034 (none) (none) B15231 Clay Boat. hand moulded of greenish clay Stern-piece missing.
1035A (none) (none) B15230 Frs of three model boats. A only Phil.
1035B (none) 1923,1110.92 (none) Frs of three model boats. A only Phil.
1035C (none) (none) (none) Frs of three model boats. A only Phil.
1036 (none) 1923,1110.80 (none) Clay Vase. Handmade. Reddish clay with white slip. [drawing]
1037 (none) (none) (none) Clay Bowl. wheelmade. With inverted sides and flat base. Greenish clay,
1038 (none) (none) (none) Model Vase. in light drab clay. Miniature: straight sides, rim round base, everted rim.
1039 (none) (none) (none) Model wheel. Miniature. Drab clay. Smooth edges, projecting hub.
1040 (none) (none) (none) Clay Figurine. Snowman technique.Upper part of male figure.
1041 (none) (none) (none) Clay Figurine. Fragment. Greenish drab clay. a horse(?): one ear and all legs missing. Traces of a rider(?) (or pack?) on back.
1042 (none) (none) B14998 Terracotta figurine. fr. of. in light drab clay. Part (Head and shoulders and feet gone) of the usual nude female type with beaded triangle.
1046 (none) (none) (none) Cylinder seal. grey steatite. Figures and inscription.
1047 (none) (none) (none) Cylinder seal. grey steatite. Figures and inscription.
1048 (none) (none) (none) Cylinder seal. Black steatite. Standing figures.
1049 (none) (none) (none) Cylinder seal. grey steatite. Small: figures and inscription.
1050 (none) (none) (none) Cylinder seal. grey steatite. Figures.
1051 (none) (none) (none) Cylinder seal. White quartzite. Chipped. Figures.
1053 (none) (none) (none) Cylinder seal. Greenish grey steatite. Bad condition. Figures and inscription.
1054 (none) (none) B15276 Cylinder seal. Lapis lazuli. Very small.
1101 (none) (none) B15730 Duck weight. Black granite. Rough P.

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Media Media Title Title Label Author Omeka Label
Ur Excavations VII; The Old Babylonian Period Ur Excavations VII; The Old Babylonian Period 1976 Woolley, L. and M. Mallowan (none)
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