Sites & cities that bear the name of Girsu


Today in : Iraq
First trace of activity : ca. 4,800 B.C.E
Last trace of activity : ca. 2nd century B.C.E
Recorded names : ฤir2-suki, ๐’„ˆ๐’‹ข๐’† , Tell Telloh, Tello

Description : Girsu (Sumerian ฤœirsu; cuneiform ฤir2-suki ๐’„ˆ๐’‹ข๐’† ) was a city of ancient Sumer, situated some 25 km (16 mi) northwest of Lagash, at the site of modern Tell Telloh, Dhi Qar Governorate, Iraq. Girsu was possibly inhabited in the Ubaid period (5300-4800 BC), but significant levels of activity began in the Early Dynastic period (2900-2335 BC). At the time of Gudea, during the Second Dynasty of Lagash, Girsu became the capital of the Lagash kingdom and continued to be its religious center after political power had shifted to city of Lagash. During the Ur III period, Girsu was a major administrative center for the empire. After the fall of Ur, Girsu declined in importance, but remained inhabited until approximately 200 BC.

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