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Ancient Isin (Bahriyat)
The city-states Isin and Larsa contested the rule of southern Mesopotamia in the early 2nd millennium BC. Isin assumed control under King Ishbi-Erra when the Third Dynasty of Ur collapsed at the end of the 3rd millennium BC and continued as dominant power until the mid 19th century BC. Isin has been excavated since early 1973 by a German expedition. Major finds include a temple dedicated to Isin's tutelary deity, Gula, a goddess associated with sickness and healing, as well as the underworld. The temple dates to the latter half of the 2nd millennium BC ...