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The series presents the results of research carried out in the Iraqi Kurdistan from 2012 through 2017. During this time, an extremely rich group of heritage monuments was registered on an area of 3058 km2 located on both banks of the Greater Zab, at the foot of the Kurdistan mountains. More than 300 archaeological sites, 4 rock reliefs, nearly 80 cultural heritage monuments (cemeteries, Christian, Muslim and Jewish architecture, industrial installations) and over 100 caves illustrate nearly 10,000 years of the region’s history, from the Neolithic period to the mid-20th century AD.
The SHIK series will consist of two introductory volumes (an atlas and a volume on the project’s methodology), eight volumes presenting the dataset for settlement sites (six volumes), caves and heritage monuments (one volume each), and a volume analysing the development of the settlement during particular periods.
The third volume of the site catalogue contains a complete dataset for 34 archaeological sites documented in 2013, 2014, and 2015 in two separate areas located west of the Greater Zab river valley. On the Grdapān Plateau, south of Bardaṟaş, between the Zab and al-Ḫāzir rivers, 12 sites were documented, and some more located to the west of the UGZAR area limit were visited during the al-Ḫāzir reconnaissance. The other area is limited by Şāx-ĩ Ākrê and Şāx-ĩ Prt in the north, the eastern limit of the Navkūr Plain, and the Greater Zab river valley (however, sites located in the valley will be presented separately, in SHIK vol. 6). This area yielded 22 sites, mainly of later date. As before, the volume contains an analysis of relevant images of U2 (only for the Grdapān Plateau) and CORONA spy missions and contemporary satellite imagery, a discussion of relevant maps from the Atlas of Archaeological Sites in Iraq, and indexes.