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Neolithic Judaidah Jabbul
Selected Excerpt on Judaidah Jabbul
The mound of Judaidah Jabbul is situated east of Aleppo and a little south of the present road to Meskene and the Euphrates valley. It lies on the left bank of the Wadi Dahab where it joins the old north shore of the Jabbul salt lake. The site is a long mound about 12 metres high with gentle contours except on the west side where the wadi has washed away some of the deposit. The site extends south under the present village of Judaidah and rises again beyond to form a subsidiary mound. The two mounds were distinguished as separate sites in the original survey. Much of the painted pottery to be seen on the surface today is of Halaf or Ubaid type as was noted by Maxwell Hyslop and her collaborators. There are also sherds of grey - black and red burnished wares - much coarse buff straw-tempered ware and buff pottery painted simply with red lines. None of these sherds is sufficiently diagnostic to indicate that the site was occupied in the Neolithic for all these wares continued to be used into Halaf times. The flint artifacts decide the matter since there are many blade tools; among them sickle blades with little or no backing and tanged arrowheads finished by both abrupt retouch and pressure-flaking ...