Tepe Gawra, Iraq expedition records
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Tepe Gawra in northern Iraq was the site of excavations uncovering twenty-six levels of occupation spanning the years from about 5000 B.C. to 1500 B.C. This expedition was funded by the University Museum, A.S.O.R.- Baghdad, and Dropsie College in Philadelphia. Excavations took place from fall to spring, directed by E. A. Speiser (University of Pennsylvania, University Museum and A.S.O.R.- Baghdad) for the 1930-1931, 1931-1932, and 1936-1937 seasons, and by C. Bache (University Museum) for the 1932-1933, 1934-1936, and the 1937-1938 seasons. During 1933-1934, work started late because of complications due to a change in the Antiquities laws and was not represented by a separate field report.
Where possible, a chronological order was imposed on the Near East records. Photographs were retained with the documents when they directly referred to content. Otherwise, the photographic collections hold material relating to excavation, objects, and travel photographs (see standard size photograph inventory). Large maps and drawings are kept in the Oversize cases, and smaller oversize items in the Print Cabinet (see inventories).
VI. Object Control and Photo Sheets – 8 ½ x 11 inch sheets with lists of objects or photos, written in Mosul, Baghdad or Philadelphia (recapitulations) in Box 2 (file 7, 8), box 3 (file 3, 5, 6, 8, 9)
- University of Pennsylvania: Penn Museum Archives
- Finding Aid Date
- July 2009
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Reports from the field, financial statements, telegrams and letters to the director. Folders are organized in chornological order.
Maps and sketches of the various levels, register sheets, locus notes, object control sheets, burial sheets, photo catalogues, field reports, field and burial notebooks. Notes are arranged by stratum where possible.
Object description sheets, grid charts, chit sheets, indexes (complete and incomplete), object cards and level cards. Cards and sheets are arranged by stratum where possible.
First drafts for chapters of Volume II (Tobler). Also included are publication plates for Volumes I and II. Some are complete, but photographs and drawings have been removed from others. Arranged topically.