ARRAPHA (KIRKUK) / ASHUR (QALAT SHARQAT) / CALAH (NIMRUD)
NINEVEH / ERBIL (IRBIL) / KHORSABAD (DUR SHARRUKIN)
The continuous history of the geographical region (not the political state) of Assyria -- in the earliest period known as Subartu -- goes back at least to the period of the Halaf Culture of which it was the centre and probably the cradle ...
Selected Excerpts on Assyria
(1) Might That Was Assyria (2) The Advent of the Era of Townships in Northern Mesopotamia
(3) Egypt, Canaan, and Israel in Ancient Times
The History of the Ancient Near East Electronic Compendium