This book is the first full-length work concerning the restoration and excavations carried out at Qal’at Sem’an in Syria in the twentieth century. It was written by the notable architect and archaeologist Georges Tchalenko based on his notes, plans, photographs and sketches as he undertook the work in the years before and during the Second World War. Left unpublished at the time of his death during the Lebanese Civil War, it is published here for the first time in the original French with an English translation. The text is richly illustrated throughout and accompanied by a biographical essay by John Tchalenko and an introduction to the historiography of Qal’at Sem’an and Symeon Stylites by Emma Loosley Leeming.
Emma Loosley Leeming, PhD (2001) School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London is Associate Professor of Theology at the University of Exeter. She specialises in the archaeology and ritual of early Christianity, particularly in Syria.
John Tchalenko, PhD (1962) Imperial College, London. Various publications on the seismotectonics of the Middle East and on the cognitive psychology of drawing. Author of Images from the Endgame: Persia through a Russian lens 1901-1914(SAQI, 2007).
All those interested in the history and archaeology of Late Antique Syria from specialists and students through to armchair travellers and those who visited the site before the current war.