Upstream from Alalakh: The Lower Orontes Area in Syria

In: Overturning Certainties in Near Eastern Archaeology

The survey of the plain of Tell Afis has produced evidence of a local process of steady occupation from the Prehistory to the Medieval period; this was in fact a zone favourable to agricolture but as well a natural crossroad between the ‘Amuq and the Mediterranean coast on the west and the steppe and the Euphrates on the east. Different routes connect the Afis plain to the Lower Orontes; the survey of the eastern Syrian side of the Orontes and a sounding on the mound of the medieval castle of Harim have furnished new information on the settlement history of this area. Noteworthy is the presence of pottery and materials of the Late Chalcolithic and Early Bronze Age, especially Chaff Faced and Red Black Burnished wares; they attest to a not ephemeral late fourth to third millennium occupation at Harim and at Tell Bek, a large site on the shore of the Orontes.

Overturning Certainties in Near Eastern Archaeology

A Festschrift in Honor of K. Aslıhan Yener

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