Tell Billa, Iraq expedition records
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Overview and metadata sections
Tell Billa is located eight miles east of Tepe Gawra and was excavated by the same staff. Because Tell Billa and Tepe Gawra were excavated simultaneosly, records from the excavations are somewhat mixed and should be used together. Although it is difficult to determine amounts of time spent at Tell Billa, emphasis shifted after the third season to the prehistoric layers at Tepe Gawra.
Photographs were retained with the document when they directly referred to content. Otherwise, the photographic collections hold material relating to excavations, objects, and travel photographs (see standard size prints) The oversize map cabinets should be consulted for the object registers for 1930-1931, 1931-1932, 1932-1933, the architect’s notebook, and plans and drawings. The Print Cabinet should be consulted for pen and ink sketches and watercolors of ceramics.
- American School of Oriental Research in Baghdad.
- University of Pennsylvania. Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.
- University of Pennsylvania: Penn Museum Archives
- Finding Aid Author
- Finding aid prepared by K. Moreau
- Finding Aid Date
- July 2009
- Use Restrictions
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Reports from the field, financial statements, telegrams and letters to the director, correspondence between the Museum and American Schools of Oriental Research regarding the Joint Assyrian Expedition. Folders are arranged in chronological order. Notes and comments on Billa material by other researchers.
Field notes, sketches of levels, burial locus cards, field notes and catalogues, burial cards and plans, object registers, architect’s notebook and survey notes,, book and photographic catalogues. Notes are arranged by type and thereunder chronologically where possible.
List of publications of the staff, epigraphic report, drafts for Speiser and Bache articles. Arrangedd by subject.
Object cards, some with sketches and/or photographs, Museum inventory cards, tombb cards, burial charts, locus catalogue, chit sheets, storeroom inventory notes, tracings and drawings of pottery types and classification and sketches of ceramics. Arranged by type and thereunder numerically or by area.