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Bismaya, ancient Adab, is a major archaeological mound in southern Iraq. The site is located in the present-day Wāsiṭ Province about 65 kilometres south of al-Kūt. Excavations by E.J. Banks from 1903-05 uncovered extensive remains of the ancient city of Adab, predominantly dating to the 3rd and early 2nd millennium BCE. In its day, Adab was renowned especially for its temple, the Emaẖ, dedicated to the goddess Ninẖursag.

Base map by Ryan M. Horne for Pleiades and the Ancient World Mapping Center (ancient terrain after the Barrington Atlas). Map interaction design and implementation by Sean Gillies, David Glick, Alec Mitchell, and Tom Elliott for Pleiades.

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This place is located, according to the Iraq Significant Sites gazetteer, in the "extreme southern Wasit Governorate. On an ancient branch of the Euphrates, 25 miles southeast of Nippur, north of Umma and Girsu".

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Gabriel Mckee, Jeffrey Becker, Ryan Horne, and Rune Rattenborg, 'Adab: a Pleiades place resource', Pleiades: A Gazetteer of Past Places, 2019 <> [accessed: 05 August 2020]

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