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University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA 19104-6205)
Richard L. Zettler (Project Director: September 1999 to present)

The Topography and Structure of Early Northern Mesopotamian Cities: Excavation at Tell es-Sweyhat in North Syria

To support excavation and remote sensing during two field seasons at Tell es-Sweyhat, a late 3rd millennium site on the upper Euphrates in northern Sria that promises to reveal much about the rise of urbanism.

Excavations over the last thirty years have shown that complex urban societies existed in northern Mesopotamia in the 3rd and early 2nd millennia B.C., but the topography and structure of northern cities remain poorly understood. Tell es-Sweyhat, a large late 3rd millennium site on the Euphrates in north Syria can contribute significant insights into early northern urbanism because work since 1989 has provided an accurate and detailed map of archaeological resources in the inner and outer towns to guide the excavations of known topographic features. Excavations planned for 2000-2001 will uncover the "core" buildings of an inner town, houses in the outer town and the outer fortifications, with the earliest known example of two-chambered Middle Bronze Age gates.

Project fields:

Collaborative Research

Research Programs

Total amounts:
$110,000 (approved)
$61,136 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2000 – 4/30/2002