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Tell Billa, Iraq expedition records

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Summary Information

Repository:
University of Pennsylvania: Penn Museum Archives
Creator:
Jayne, Horace Howard Furness, 1898-1975
Title:
Tell Billa, Iraq expedition records
Date [inclusive]:
1930-1933
Call Number:
1022
Extent:
2.31 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
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. When other order is lacking, a chronological order was imposed on the general correspondence according to field season. Related material may be found in correspondence from the Directors Office, Jayne (1929-1940) in the files for Dorothy Cross, George A. Barton, A.S.O.R., and Paul Beidler.
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[Item name]. Box [Box number]. Tell Billa, Iraq expedition records. Penn Museum Archives. Accessed [Date accessed].
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Biography/History

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.

Scope and Contents

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.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Pennsylvania: Penn Museum Archives

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by K. Moreau

Use Restrictions

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • American School of Oriental Research in Baghdad.
  • University of Pennsylvania. Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.
Form/Genre(s)
  • Card catalogs
  • Correspondence
  • Field notes
Geographic Name(s)
  • Tepe Gawra (deserted settlement)
Personal Name(s)
  • Jayne, Horace Howard Furness, 1898-1975
  • Speiser, E. A. (Ephraim Avigdor), 1902-1965

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Collection Inventory

General Correspondence, 1930-1937. 0.3 Linear feet.

Scope and Contents note

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.

Box

Agreement between American School of Oriental Research at Baghdad and Museum and related correspondence, 1930.

1

E.A. Speiser correspondence, telegrams, and financial statements, 1930-1931.

1

Tell Billa Reports: 1-10th, 1930-1932.

1

Correspondence, telegrams, financial statements and notes, 1931-1932.

1

George A. Barton and Horace H.F. Jayne correspondence, 1932.

1

Bache correpondence, telegram and financial statements, 1932-1933.

1

Monthly Reports from Tell Billa, 1932-1933.

1

General Summary, 1932-1933.

1

Monthly Report Photographs, 2-1-1933, 1933.

1

Monthly Report Photographs, 3-1-1933, 1933.

1

Documents and Correspondence, 1932-1934.

1

Tepe Gawra/Tell Billa accounts, 1932-1935.

1

Tell Billa/Tepe Gawra Expedition, 1933 (correspondence with the Antiquities Dept. and Documents regarding: EW Antiquities Law, 1933-1938.

1

Tell Billa/Tepe Gawra correspondence, telegrams and financial reports.

1

Tell Billa/Tepe Gawra Expedition, Photograph Catalogue, 1934-1935.

1

Tell Billa/Tepe Gawra Expedition, Bache correspondence, some sketches, financial statements, 1935.

1

1936 Correspondence, C. Bache, Tell Billa/Tepe Gawra Expedition and financial summary of the 1935-1936 season, 1935-1936.

1

Bache, 1937, correspondence, telegrams and expence accounts for Tepe Gawra, Tell Billa and Khafaje, 1937.

1

Notes and comments on Tell Billa records.

1

Field Notes, 1930-1938. 0.16 Linear feet.

Scope and Contents note

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.

Box

Survey notebook, 1932-1935.

1

[Tell Billa, Tepe Gawra and surrounding area survey notes, 1933-1937], 1933-1937.

1

Photographic catalogues.

1

[Field notes, Burial notes and sketches, ca. 1932-1933], 1932-1933.

1

Burial catalogue, 1932-1933 [also 1934, 1935, (1938?) burial sheets], 1932-1938.

1

[Burial cards, 1932-1933], 1932-1933.

3

[Locus Cards, 1-40].

3

Publications, 1933-1938. 0.25 Linear feet.

Scope and Contents note

List of publications of the staff, epigraphic report, drafts for Speiser and Bache articles. Arrangedd by subject.

Box

Publications of the Staff, 1935.

2

E.A. Speiser, the Pottery of Tell Billa [draft], Photographs.

2

C. Bache, Tell Billa, The First Assyrian Level, Stratum I and Room Catalogue [draft].

2

E.A. Speiser, Epigraphical Report, 1934-1935.

2

Indexes and Catalogues, 1931-1938. 1.6 Linear feet.

Scope and Contents note

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.

Box

[Chit sheets: c. December - February, year unknown], no. 4001-4100.

4

[Storeroom inventory notes].

4

Locus catalogues, object register, c. 1932-1933, and drawings, 1932-1933.

4

Burial charts and lists of all objects other than those from burials SQ V6-V5 and W6 and W7.

4

Catalogue of Tell Billa and Tepe Gawra, excavator’s copy, 1931-1932.

4

Classification of ceramics at Tepe Gawra and Tell Billa with sketches.

4

[Artifact Cards, c. 1933], 1933.

5

[Artifact Cards, some arranged by area, some by tomb].

6

[Artifact Cards of cylinder seals with tissue drawings and Museum inventory cards].

6

[Artifact Cards], arranged by area, one group arranged numerically, 1932-1933.

7

[Tomb and Artifact Cards].

8

Billa Pottery types (tracings).

9

Pottery drawings [most are from tombs].

9