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Title: The Survey of Pir Hüseyin, 2004
Author(s): PEASNALL, Brian L. , ALGAZE, Guillermo
Volume: 36 Date: 2010
Since 2002, the Diyarbakir Small Streams Archaeological Survey Project has worked to record archaeological sites in the piedmont region of the Upper Tigris Drainage Area just east of the city of Diyarbakir, north of the Tigris River, and west of the city of Batman and the Batman River. The project is ongoing, and to date 108 sites have been recorded within the survey area. Unquestionably, one of the most important of these is the ancient settlement of Pir Hüseyin, situated some 25 km east of Diyarbakir on a high terrace overlooking the floodplain of the Ambar Çay, a minor perennial tributary of the Tigris. Pir Hüseyin has long been a focus of scholarly attention as the putative location where a justly famous stele of the Akkadian king Naram Sin was unearthed sometime in the last decade of the 19th century. Surprisingly, however, the mound had never been systematically surveyed, mapped, and collected until members of the Diyarbakir Small Streams Archaeological Survey Project did so in 2004. This article is a report on that work focusing on the setting of the site, its nature, chronology, and significance.