Ziyaret Tepe Archaeological Trust

Ziyaret Tepe Archaeological Trust

Charity information

Ziyaret Tepe Archaeological Trust

Emergency fieldwork at the ancient Assyrian site of Ziyaret Tepe before it disappears forever

Founded 2009

  • Mission statement

    The Ziyaret Tepe Archaeological Trust is dedicated to emergency rescue excavation at the world class site of Ziyaret Tepe in southeastern Turkey. Ziyaret Tepe is a site of genuine importance, a provincial capital and garrison town of the Assyrian Empire (ca. 900-600 BC). Unfortunately its location on the river Tigris means that within just a few years it will be destroyed by the floodwaters of the Ilisu Dam.

    The finds to date have been superb, with the discovery of a palace, temple complex and monumental fortifications. They have included an archive of ancient Assyrian cuneiform tablets dating to the very end of the Assyrian empire, from the very small window of events between the sack of Nineveh in 612 BC and the final collapse of the empire. Another text suggests the existence of a language hitherto completely unknown. These are truly extraordinary finds. It is of critical importance to save as much as possible of this unique heritage before it disappears forever.

  • Aims

    Ziyaret Tepe Archaeological Trust aims to:

    • raising the funds to pay for the 2014 field season
  • Overview

    Established: December 2009

    Registered Charity Number: 1133366

    Board members: 6

    Full time staff: 1

    Phone number: 07875-776681

    Address: McDonald Institute Downing Street Cambridge CB2 3ER

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  • Ziyaret Tepe Archaeological Project

    Saving an amazing heritage before time runs out. Ziyaret Tepe was a provincial capital of ... More