Nemrik 9

Nemrik 9
345 m above sea level
345 m above sea level
Shown within Iraq
LocationIraq
RegionDohuk Governorate
Coordinates36°43′00″N 42°51′00″E / 36.716667°N 42.85°E / 36.716667; 42.85
TypeTell
Area1.8 hectares (18,000 m2)
History
MaterialMudbrick
Foundedc. 9800 BC
Abandonedc. 8270 BC
PeriodsKhiamian, PPNA, PPNB
Site notes
Excavation dates1985–1987
ArchaeologistsStefan Karol Kozlowski
Karol Szymczak

Nemrik 9 is an early Neolithic archeological site in the Dohuk Governorate in the north of modern-day Iraq.

The site covers an area of approximately 1.8 hectares (18,000 m2) and was excavated between 1985 and 1989 on behalf of the Polish Centre of Mediterranean Archaeology University of Warsaw by Stefan Karol Kozlowski and Karol Szymczak (University of Warsaw) as part of the Eski Mosul (Saddam Dam) Salvage Project. It is located on a terrace of the Tigris near the Kurdish Mountains and sits at an altitude of 345 metres (1,132 ft) above sea level. Numerous rounded buildings were found along with evidence of communal courtyards. Buildings featured post holes and benches with walls that were made of mudbrick and plastered with clay. Several graves were found containing anything from skull fragments to full skeletons. Stone tools found at the site included pestles, mortars, quern-stones, grinders, axes and polishing stones. Some rare examples of worked stone were discovered including one piece made from marble. Some decorative adornments were also found, including beads, pendants, shell and bone ornaments. Some stone and clay art objects were recovered in the shapes of heads and animals, these included a series of sixteen bird heads.

Faunal analysis was carried out by A. Lasota-Moskalewska and found relatively few remains from domestic sheep, goats, pigs and cattle. Other bones found included various antelope, jackal, deer, boar, badger, and horse. Some snail shells were found that were also considered to be a food source. There was also evidence of panther and Indian buffalo. Plant remains at the site were floated by Mark Nesbitt and indicated evidence for bitter vetch, pea and lentil, the domestication of which was not determined. The site was well situated between the two terrain types of grassy steppe and forest and is considered of key importance for research into village structures in the Pre-Pottery Neolithic A stage.


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