Costanza Coppini

Costanza Coppini

Freie Universität Berlin
2017 Grant Recipient
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The Middle and Late Bronze Age Settlement and Ceramic Production at Tell Barri and Tell Bazi

(PROJECT FUNDING GENEROUSLY PROVIDED BY THE GETTY FOUNDATION)

The main focus of this research is the analysis of the Middle Bronze Age (MBA) and Late Bronze Age (LBA) unpublished ceramic assemblages and related archaeological contexts from two case-studies, Tell Barri and Tell Bazi, both located in what is now Northern Syria, in the region identified with Northern Mesopotamia. Tell Barri, identified with ancient Kahat, is a multi-period site located on the left bank of wadi Jaghjagh, in the Upper Khabur Basin, between the modern cities of al-Qamishlie and al-Hassake. Tell Bazi is a Bronze Age settlement located in the Tishreen Dam area of the Upper Syrian Euphrates Valley, to the south-west of the modern town of Manbij. They both provide a continuous MBA and LBA settlement sequence, an exemplary tool to detect changes and developments in the ceramic assemblages. This would allow for isolation, in terms of material culture, and a better understanding of the beginning of the LBA, which corresponds in historical terms with the emergence of the Mittani Kingdom, a phase that is still poorly understood. Remains dated to the period of interest were detected in Tell Barri in Area G, excavated between 1993 and 1999 by the Missione Archeologica Italiana a Tell Barri (Siria), and 2,144 diagnostic sherds were retrieved from stratified contexts. In Tell Bazi the period was investigated on the northern slope of the mound (Nordhang), excavated by the German project Ausgrabungen in Tall Bazi, in 1994 and 2000, and 417 diagnostic sherds have been collected. A second important part of this study is to correlate the ceramic assemblages and related stratigraphic sequences of selected sites in neighbouring areas with the case-studies, among which the most relevant are Tell Leilan and Tell Brak.


The lead researcher, Costanza Coppini, has been involved since 2000 in the Tell Barri excavation project – led by Prof. R. Pierobon Benoit (Università degli Studi di Napoli “Federico II”) - in which capacity she is in charge of the study of Late Bronze Age I levels. She participated in one excavation season in Tell Bazi – led by Prof. A. Otto - when she had the chance to start work on Middle and Late Bronze levels at the site. She graduated at the University of Florence (Italy), and obtained her PhD at the Berlin Freie Universität (Germany), where she worked as research assistant in the Tell Fekheriye excavation project – led by Prof. D. Bonatz - and she is in charge of the publication of pottery from the Late Bronze Age levels. She is currently involved in archaeological research in Iraqi Kurdistan, in the Land of Nineveh Archaeological Project – led by Prof. D. Morandi Bonacossi (Università degli Studi di Udine) – as Middle and Late Bronze Age ceramic specialist. Her research interests are Middle and Late Bronze Age in Northern Mesopotamia, focusing especially on pottery and on the processes of formation and development of territorial states. She took part in excavations in Syria – Tell Barri, Tell Bazi, Tell Fekheriye - and in Italy – Poggio Imperiale (Siena), Sesto Fiorentino (Firenze), and Peccioli (Pisa) - and she is the official guide for the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation at the Pergamon, Neues and Altes Museum (Berlin).

Tell Bazi ©Project Ausgrabungen in Tall Bazi
Tell Bazi ©Project Ausgrabungen in Tall Bazi

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