Oriental Institute

Oriental Institute

Oriental Institute
Nippur Expedition 35
III: Events
Temple of En-lil, city of Nippur in Iraq, excavated by a joint expedition of University of Chicago and University of Pennsylvania archaeologists. A series of building programs is revealed in the stratification of the site. A team member stands on the earliest temple's floor built ca. 2200 BCE under which the remains of fire pits have been discovered. His head is even with the top of the first temple's fragmentary walls, and the bottom of the second temple's walls erected one hundred years later. A third set of walls rise above the step back, and were built by 14th century BCE kings who destroyed all but a few traces of an intervening temple. At the top of these are large foundation bricks of a citadel, built after 200 BCE. All the bricks are of sun-dried mud or adobe.
En-lil (Deity) | Nippur (Extinct city)--Antiquities | Temples--Iraq | Architecture, Ancient--Iraq | Excavations (Archaeology)--Iraq
Photographic prints; 20.2 x 15.5 cm
Archival Photographic Files
University of Chicago Library, Special Collections Research Center

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