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Tell Tuneinir

Mudbrick temple constructed during the Parthian Period

Tell Tuneinir is located in Northeastern Syria near the town of El Hassake which is one hour south of the border with Turkey. This area (Mesopotamia) lies between the Tigris and the Euphrates Rivers. Tuneinir rises 60 feet above the flood plain of the Khabur River and has a history of occupation beginning in the Bronze Age and ending during the Medieval Period. The Middle Khabur River Valley Reservoir has begun to fill and will eventually destroy the archaeological site. What we cannot rescue will be pages lost from the history of humanity. Ninevite V decorated pottery sherds and an associated radiocarbon date are evidence of the first settlement at Tuneinir dating between 2500 and 2200 BC. The deepest deposits are rich in animal bones (primarily sheep and goats), flint sickle blades, clay figurines and clay tokens. Subsequent occupation layers have been linked with the Babylonian, Assyrian, Persian, Hellenistic, Parthian and Roman Empires ...

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