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Conjectural location of the Step Gate

a Pleiades location resource

Creators: Jamie Novotny
Contributors: Jeffrey Becker
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Last modified Feb 13, 2018 08:18 AM History
The representative, estimated location of the gate is based on Reade, RLAss 9 (2000), 390 fig. 1, and Reade (2016), 51 (fig. 10).

gate (of a city), city gate

{ "type": "Point", "coordinates": [ 43.1724032, 36.3632768 ] }




  • Neo-Assyrian/Babylonian Middle East (720–540 BC) (confident)

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The gate’s location is based on an aerial photograph of Nineveh taken in 1929, Corona satellite imagery (1967-68), and Google satellite imagery. Julian Reade (SAAB 22 [2016], 74-77) proposes that the Step Gate should about 500 m further south (36.3590074, 43.1740733). Some modern reconstructions of the city gates place the gate north of the coordinates given in this resource, about 650 m from the Khosr River and 1,450 m from Nineveh’s northeastern corner (estimated coordinates: 36.3674842, 43.1700696).