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Ancient Urkesh (Tell Mozan)

Archaeological Institute of America

Urkesh: The First Hurrian Capital (Buccellati)
ASOR Volume 60 Number 2 June 1997 (PDF)

Tell Mozan in northeastern Syria has been identified as the important late third millennium Hurrian Capital of Urkesh. "Urkesh" was found at Tell Mozan on three fragmentary impressions of seals belonging to King Tupkish. The monumental building excavated at the margin of Tell Mozan offered its legacy in miniature: hundreds of seal impressions and small and fragile nuggets of clay. These official seals revealed the presence of a distinctive artistic style and a new phenomenon in third millennium art. Further excavations have shown that the building is attached to a much larger architectural complex entering thereby into the nerve center of one of the great seats of power of ancient Syro-Mesopotamia ... (*)

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