Levant - Northern

Material culture and identities in Late Bronze Age Ugarit (Syria). Geo-urban sociology of a cosmopolitan Mediterranean capital. The study of three areas: the “South City”, the "South Acropolis" and the “Aegean district”

Located on the Syrian coast, the site of Ras Shamra is one of the Levant's iconic heritage sites. The
archaeological mission of Ras Shamra-Ugarit, a joint Syrian-French effort since 1999, is the oldest
French mission in the Near East and Ugarit is one of the longest-running excavations of French
archaeology overseas. Since 2014, research has been overseen by Valerie Matoïan and Khozama Al-Bahloul.
Work is undertaken under the auspices of the Directorate General of Antiquities and Museums of
Syria (DGAMS)...
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Publication of the Neolithic site of Tell Aswad (Damascus Region, Syria)

Tell Aswad is considered to be a reference site for the Neolithic of the Near East. This early farming village is an important part of Syria’s archaeological heritage that is under threat. The site of Tell Aswad is situated at 600 masl and 30 km east of Damascus (33º24’14” N; 36º33’00” E), Syria, and was excavated by Dr D. Stordeur (Emeritus CNRS, France) between 2001 and 2007. Occupied during the Pre-Pottery Neolithic B, Tell Aswad is of major interest in relation to the origins and development of early farming communities in the Near East. Situated on the banks of an ancient lake in a...

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Tilmen Höyük – The Excavations in the Lower Town

The grant will support the publication program of the final report on the excavations of the lower town at Tilmen Höyük, a capital city of the Middle Bronze Age located at the fringes of the North Syrian Plains (Gaziantep province, South-Eastern Turkey). The publication will cover the results of the excavations undertaken between 2003 and 2008 by the joint Turco-Italian team directed by N. Marchetti, and will include a detailed analysis of topography, stratigraphy, architecture, ceramics and finds.
The site of Tilmen Höyük lies in the Islahiye valley, which connects the lower Orontes...

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Tell Qarqur publication project

Located in the lower Orontes River Valley of western Syria, Tell Qarqur is a 30-meter tall, 12-hectare mound which was the focus of an American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR)-sponsored excavation project from 1983-2010. While the site is best known for its probable association with the Iron Age city of Qarqar, investigations at Tell Qarqur have found an extraordinarily long occupational history, with a nearly continuous record of settlement from the Pre-Pottery Neolithic (c.8000 BC) through the Mamluk period (c.1450 AD). Excavations have produced particularly robust exposures of...

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Dja’de el‐Mughara. A ninth millennium sequence in the Euphrates valley (Syria)

The Prehistoric site Dja'de el-Mughara is located in Syria, in the northern Euphrates valley, in an ideal position between a major river and the steppes of the Fertile Crescent, cradle of the near‐eastern Neolithization processes. The site was excavated from 1991 to 2010 under the supervision of Dr. Eric Coqueugniot from the French National Research Council (CNRS). The grant will support the final publication of the results of the 18 excavation campaigns which brought to...

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The Neolithic site of Cheikh Hassan (Euphrates valley, Syria)

Cheikh Hassan (Euphrates valley, Syria) is one of the key Northern Levant sites on which the periodisation and definition of the Neolithic in the Near East were established. With a stratigraphy covering the 9th millennium BCE (PPNA) and the beginning of the 8th millennium BCE (early stages of the PPNB), it encompasses two crucial milestones in the neolithisation processes of the Near East: the beginnings of agriculture and the onset of farming in sedentary communities. Despite its significance, the research conducted at...

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Tell al-Nasriyah and its surroundings. The Middle Orontes Valley through time

This grant for the publication of the final monograph of the Syrian-French Archaeological Expedition of the Orontes conducted at Tell al-Nasriyah from August 2007 to April 2011. This project involved Syrian, Lebanese and European archaeologists and specialists.

Nasriyah is located at 18 km to the north-west of Hama, on the right bank of the Orontes, where it meets its Sarout tributary (...

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Tell Kazel (Syria). Settlement development and material culture during the Late Bronze and Iron Ages. Excavations in Area II (1985-2008)

This grant will aid in the publication of “Tell Kazel (Syria). Settlement development and material culture during the Late Bronze and Iron Ages. Excavations in Area II (1985-2008)”. Archaeological investigations at Tell Kazel (southern coast of Syria) were carried out by the American University of Beirut for more than 25 years, under the directorship of Dr. Leila Badre, Director of the AUB Archaeological Museum. Excavations have brought to light a long occupational sequence spreading from the Middle Bronze to the Hellenistic ages, including two main phases dated to the Late...

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