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Ancient Tell Mashnaqa
Selected Excerpt on Tell Mashnaqa:
Tell Mashnaqa is located on the Khabur River which is a tributary to the Euphrates about 30 kilometers south of Hassake in northeastern Syria. It is of moderarte size covering less than four hectares. To the west the mound rises to a height of more than 11 meters forming a so-called High Mound. The eastern part of the tell is a low and a flat mound rising four meters above plain level. The formation is built up of remains from several thousand years of human activities at the site including habitation -- burials -- midden deposits. (*)
The Danish expedition considered the oldest remains at the site to belong to the Ubaid Period. During the Ubaid Period southern Mesopotamian Culture for the first time spread into a vast geographical region reaching the Arabian Gulf in the southeast and the Syrian Mediterranean coast in the west. In the following millennia this culture developed into the better known Sumerian Civilization (ibid) ...