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Authored by: Trevor Bryce , Heather D. Baker , Daniel T. Potts , Jonathan N. Tubb , Jennifer M. Webb , Paul Zimansky

The Routledge Handbook of the Peoples and Places of Ancient Western Asia

Print publication date:  July  2009
Online publication date:  September  2009

Print ISBN: 9780415394857
eBook ISBN: 9780203875506
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Baba Jan Tepe (map 13) Iron Age (Median?) settlement in western Iran, located in the province of Luristan, 170 km northwest of mod. Khorramabad. The site was excavated by C. Goff for the Institute of Archaeology, University of London, between 1966 and 1969. Settlement, which began in C9 and extended over several mounds, continued through three phases until the site was abandoned, probably in the first half of C6, after a period of ‘squatter occupation’. Baba Jan Tepe’s most prominent features were a so-called ‘manor’, 33 m × 34 m, which was fortified with seven towers and had a central courtyard flanked by long rectangular rooms, and a ‘fort’ with a large square hall also flanked by long rectangular rooms. The fort’s destruction by fire in the site’s second occupation phase may have been connected with an Assyrian campaign in this region during the reign of the Assyrian king Sennacherib (704–681).


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