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Tell Halaf Project

Within the context of the Tell Halaf project, supported by the Salomon and Alfred von Oppenheim Foundation as well as the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, the Museum of the Ancient Near East works on the remains of the Berlin Tell Halaf Museum which was destroyed in November 1943. Until October 2001, the collection was kept in the storage rooms of the Museum of the Ancient Near East. Aim of the Tell Halaf Project is the reconstruction of the unique monuments of the ancient city of Guzana (Tell Halaf being the modern name of its ruins) from the early first century B.C. in Nort-East Syria. After six years of work (as scheduled), these documents of Syrio-Hittite culture – which were up to very recently believed to be lost – will once more be accessible for science and the public, available for research and presentation.

In August 2006 the excavations at the Tell Halaf in Northeast-Syria started again after an interruption of 77 years by a joint mission of the State Museums of Berlin and the Direction Générale des Antiquités et des Musées Damas in co-operation with the Universities of Tübingen and Halle.
The site belongs to the most well-known ancient ruin places of the Middle East and is mentioned in cuneiform sources and in the Bible. The main goals of the project are investigations of the settlement`s chronology, structure and geography. In the context of this exploration it wants to make a contribution to the cultural development in the early first millennium BC and to the role of the settlement in prehistoric times.

Further Informations: Dr. Lutz Martin, telephone: +49-(0)30-2090 5305, E-Mail:

Tell Knedig Project

Between 1993 and 1997, the Museum of Ancient Near East took part in archaeological excavations in the Habur region of North-East Syria. The focus of the scientific research (supported by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) was, among other things, the clarification of a village-type settlement structure in the early third century B.C. Research results are currently being evaluated and will subsequently be published. They enrich the present knowledge on questions of chronology and function in the Lower Habur region. Additionally, the research results of the excavation make a contribution to the reflections on the topography of the Early Bronze Age in Upper Mesopotamia.

Information: Dr. Lutz Martin, telephone: +49-(0)30-2090 5305, E-Mail:

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