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036. Ibzaykh or Tell Ibzaykh
        (ancient: Zabala, Zabalam)***



***
= looters on site during last inspection

Dhi Qar Governorate. In a sparsely populated region about 18 kilometers north of Umma. Travelling north from Umma, after crossing the canal, the mound should be clearly visible toward the right approximately one kilometer north of the canal.

Dates: Jemdet Nasr  Early Dynastic- Akkadian (3000–2200 BC)  

   

A city of ancient Sumer, unexcavated, now the site of extensive looting. The most noticeable feature of the site is the mound (probably the remnants of a ziggurat) which extends some 30 to 40 meters above the plain (see mound coordinates).

The most extensive and recent looting at Zabalam has taken place at what appears to be three large structures that have been completely dug out (see structures coordinates). Little else is known about the site. Securing it from further looting should be a priority.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   Zabalam
      mound:
Latitude
  31° 44' 11.3999"
 
  31.7365° N
Longitude
  45° 52' 16.6800"
  45.8713º E
   
UTM x
  582534.8666208519
UTM y
  3511559.4313222
Zone
  38N
   
MGRS
  38RNL8253411559
   

    Zabalam
structures:

Latitude
  31° 44' 40.1999"
 
  31.7445°
Longitude
  45° 52' 33.6000"
  45.876º
   
UTM x
  582972.9621024304
UTM y
  3512449.7526813056
Zone
  38N
   
MGRS
  38RNL8297212449
   


GoogleEarth Satellite image of Zabalam "structures" (external resource)