Coordinates: 32°05′34″N 44°47′00″E / 32.09278°N 44.78333°E / 32.09278; 44.78333 (Marad)

Marad (Sumerian: Marda, modern Tell Wannat es-Sadum or Tell as-Sadoum, Iraq) was an ancient Sumerian city. Marad was situated on the west bank of the then western branch of the Upper Euphrates River west of Nippur in modern day Iraq and roughly 50 km southeast of Kish, on the Arahtu River.

The city's ziggurat E-igi-kalama was dedicated to Ninurta the god of earth and the plow, built by one of Naram-Sin's sons, as well as the tutelary deity Lugalmarada (also Lugal-Amarda). The city fell into the bounds of the Akkad after the conquest of Sargon of Akkad.


Marad was established ca. 2700 BC, during the Sumerian Early Dynastic II period.


The site of Marad covers an area of less than 124 hectares (500 acres).

Marad was excavated by a team from Qādisiyyah University in 1990 led by Na'el Hannoon, and in 2005 and 2007 led by Abbas Al-Hussainy. Publication of the last two seasons is in progress.

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MARAD Increases Port Infrastructure Grants to $684 Million in 2022

The Maritime Executive 10 May 2022
The U.S. Department of Transportation is again doubling the monies to be awarded in 2022 for port infrastructure investments through the Maritime Administration’s (MARAD) Port Infrastructure Development Program ... MARAD in February 2022 announced that funding for the program would be doubled to $450 million this year ... .......

MARAD Increases Funding 50 Percent for Marine Highway Program

The Maritime Executive 02 May 2022
In the continuing effort to increase investment into the U.S.’s maritime infrastructure, MARAD announced a better than 50 percent increase in funding for the 2022 grants to be awarded for America’s Marine Highway Program ... MARAD also extended the deadline for applicants to apply for funding to June 17, 2022....

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