Ancient Tell Brak on the Khabur River in Syria
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Tell Brak (Ancient Nagar or Nawar)

Tell vue de la route menant au village (Bab Souria)

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The Uruk Expansion: Cross Cultural Exchange
in Early Mesopotamian Civilization

Guillermo Algaze (OI) [JSTOR] Current Anthropology
Volume 30 - No. 5 (Dec 1989) - Pages 571-608

A tell site of circa 30 hectares on the Khabur River in northeast Syria overlooking an important river crossing. Material from the Halaf and Ubaid periods indicates a long history but the site is best known for its sequence of rich temples of the late Uruk and Jemdet Nasr periods when it was clearly an important centre. Most famous of all is the so-called Eye Temple, richly decorated with clay cones, copper panels and gold work, in a style very similar to that found in the contemporary temples of Sumer in Mesopotamia. Later in the 3rd millennium BC Tell Brak became a provincial capital of the Akkadian Empire; the palace of Naramsin of this period was more of a depot for the storage of tribute and loot than a residential seat. The city was plundered after the fall of the Akkadian Empire but the palace was rebuilt in the UR III Period by Ur Nammu ..... (AHSFC)

The Brak project was established to explore the then little known 3rd and 4th millennia BC (Late Chalcolithic and Early Bronze Age) occupation of Northern Mesopotamia, in particular within the Khabur basin of northeast Syria where Brak is situated ......

Tel Brak

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McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research : Excavations at Tell Brak : Volume 1 : The Mitanni and Old Babylonian Periods (David Oates - Joan Oates - Helen McDonald) [1980]

This is the first of three volumes on the 1976-93 excavations at Tell Brak, one of the largest urban sites in northern Mesopotamia. Here the second-millennium BC material is published in full. Official cuneiform records add to our historical knowledge of this important but archaeologically little-known kingdom. The third-millennium BC material will be published in Volume 2 and Volume 3 will cover the Uruk and Ubaid periods .....

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