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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US MARAD: Shipping must still be vigilant in Indian Ocean

SAFETY4SEA 05 Oct 2022
While the Indian Ocean piracy ‘High Risk Area’ will be removed on 1 January 2023, regional conflicts, heightened military activity, and increased political tensions continue to pose threats to merchant vessels operating in this geographic area, warns US MARAD ... So far, MARAD has ......

US to explore green options for Great Lakes shipping

SAFETY4SEA 22 Sep 2022
The Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced the launch of a 16-month study exploring low carbon options for shipping on the Great Lakes ... Decarbonizing the maritime industry has been a key objective of the Biden-Harris Administration, and MARAD is excited to be part ... said US MARAD....

US MARAD to support cargo preference compliance

SAFETY4SEA 20 Sep 2022
During testimony before the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, MARAD Administrator Ann Phillips announced two efforts intended to support federal compliance with cargo preference requirements ... He also announced that MARAD will resume publishing comprehensive federal cargo preference data....

MARAD Announces New Initiatives to Support Cargo Preference Compliance (Maritime Administration)

Public Technologies 19 Sep 2022
) MARAD Announces New Initiatives to Support Cargo Preference Compliance ... commercial shipping industry is critical to our economy and national security, and the Maritime Administration (MARAD) is focused on sustaining and growing American shipping capacity ... MARAD (

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