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Tell site in the area of the Diyala River in Iraq east of Baghdad, excav ated by the Oriental Institute of Chicago University in the 1930s. The mound is now in empty desert, but it was clearly a flourishing city in the 3rd millennium bc. Excavations revealed a temple with building phases spanning the Early Dynastic period. The temple of ED II was large and included the main sanctuary, two subsidiary shrine chambers and living quarters for priests. It was apparently dedicated to Shara, patron god of the city of Umma.

The Macmillan dictionary of archaeology, Ruth D. Whitehouse, 1983Copied