The Extramural Cemetery at Tell Atchana, Alalakh, and gis Modeling

in Overturning Certainties in Near Eastern Archaeology
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The renewed excavations at Tell Atchana, Alalakh, directed by K. Aslıhan Yener, uncovered an extramural cemetery stretching across four excavation squares on the northeastern slope of the mound in Area 3. Because of its position on the edge of the mound, the cemetery has been subjected to heavy slope wash and erosion both during the period of the cemetery (current evidence suggests Middle and Late Bronze Ages) and up until the present, making preservation conditions poor and the stratigraphy difficult to establish clearly. As part of an effort to analyze burial practices at the site, a three-dimensional model of Squares 45.44 and 45.45 was created using Geographic Information System (gis) software in order to examine in more detail the horizontal and vertical relationships among the graves in the cemetery. This contribution presents the nature of the extramural cemetery and results of this gis model.

Overturning Certainties in Near Eastern Archaeology

A Festschrift in Honor of K. Aslıhan Yener

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