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Coordinates: 32°09′N 44°30′E / 32.15°N 44.5°E / 32.15; 44.5 Dilbat (modern Tell ed-Duleim, Iraq)[1] was an ancient Sumerian minor city located southeast from Babylon on the eastern bank of the Western Euphrates in modern day Al-Qādisiyyah, Iraq.

The ziggurat E-ibe-Anu, dedicated to the goddess Urash, was located in the center of the city and was mentioned in the Epic of Gilgamesh.[2]



Dilbat was founded during the Sumerian Early Dynastic II period, around 2700 BC, and had an estimated population of 5,000 with an archeological site covering 124 hectares (50 acres). [3] It was an early agricultural center cultivating einkorn wheat and producing reed products.[4]



  • J. A. Armstrong, Dilbat revisited: the Tell al-Deylam project, Mar Sipri, sol. 3, no. 1, 1990

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[1] Sumer Map with Dilbat labeled as T. ed Duleim


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