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      

Objects: Diqdiqqeh | DQ Export: JSON - XML - CSV

Object U Number Museum Number (UPM Date Reg Number) Museum Number (BM Registration Number) Museum Number (UPM B-number) Description (Catalog Card)
1223 (none) (none) (none) Black steatite cylinder seal with device god facing right separated from worshipper and an introducing god by figures of a sitting dog (left) and scorpion (right). Over the god's raised left hand is the crescent. Inscribed: d.Sanas S.a-a
1247 (none) (none) B15698 Portion terracotta model probably the head (or foot) of a bed, of which 2 legs remain. The head is decorated inside, quarterly with low reliefs of geese or ducks, and cocks. P. [drawing]
16019 (none) (none) (none) Steatite cylinder seal. Geme(?) -d. Nungal son of Ur-babi(-baga?) HC.30/I.5. UET 8/2 (Hand copied by Legrain) [CARD MISSING Typed Transcription from British Museum Card]
7134 (none) (none) B16431 Adze head. Bronze. Cf. U.6137 Larsa type. E.
16119 (none) (none) (none) Adze. Black stone. Roughly cut, polished. [drawing]
17439 31-43-529 (none) (none) Adze. Copper.
17067 (none) (none) (none) Adze. Copper. Type ?.
17116 (none) (none) (none) Amulet of baked clay roughly modeled in the form of a ram's head. [drawing 1:1]
17120 31-43-207 (none) (none) Amulet of dark grey steatite in form of a tortoise [drawing 1:1]
18133 (none) (none) (none) Amulet of glazed frit, bleached white the Egyptian Bes.
15798 (none) (none) (none) Amulet(?) Figurine grotesque.
15802 (none) (none) (none) Amulet. Miniature animal. White calcite?
15799 31-17-89 (none) (none) Amulet. Monkey. Shell.
15797 31-17-88 (none) (none) Amulet. White steatite(?) Double ended. Monkey and bear.
1558 (none) (none) (none) Amulet. Cross. White chert. Perhaps originally glazed; pierced for suspension. [drawing 1:1]
17759 32-40-315 (none) (none) Amulet. Frit. Frog. [drawing 1:1]
7563 (none) (none) (none) Amulet. Frog. Frit. [faint drawing]
1555 (none) 1924,0920.51 (none) Amulet. Hematite. Recumbant cat; pierced for suspension, with holes for inlay eyes. [drawing 1:1]
12686 (none) (none) (none) Amulet. Miniature. Glazed frit. In shape of clenched fist. [drawing 1:1]
17115 (none) 1931,1010.85 (none) Amulet. Mother-of-pearl. In the form of a human hand (thumb broken off)
1621 (none) (none) (none) Amulet. Pig's head. Pierced between ears for suspension. [drawing 1:1]
17610 (none) (none) (none) Amulet. Pig's head; in shell. [drawing 1:1]
17859 (none) (none) (none) Amulet. Puzuzu head black steatite. [drawing 1:1]
16112 (none) (none) (none) Amulet. Puzuzu head. Black steatite.
17863 32-40-309 (none) (none) Amulet. Puzuzu head. Glazed frit (glaze all decayed. [drawing 1:1]
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Media: Diqdiqqeh | DQ Export: JSON - XML - CSV

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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