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General Information

ID (CGMA ID):
SY267
Project Name:
Sweyhat Survey
Project Description:
"The present study forms part of my longterm research strategy that is aimed at examining the growth of towns, rual settlements, and the rural landscpae over much of the last ten thousand years. Emphasis is upon the retrieval of information from surface surveys, and at the same time, the integration of cultural change within both the local environmental context and long-term environmental change. It must be emphasized that the surveys under discussion, collectively called the Sweyhat Survey, were small and rather detailed studies of some 60 sq. km of land around Tell es-Sweyhat and the thirty sites therin on the east bank of the Euphrates River; the surveys were conducted in 1974, 1991, and 1992." Wilkinson et al. 2004 p1.
Project Websites:
Project Sponsors:
British Museum
Birmingham City Museums and Art Gallery
Ashmolean Musuem, Oxford
C. H. W. John's Fund
The Fitzwilliam Museum
Dates of Operation:
From: 1974     To: 1992
Project Languages:
English
Metadata Sources:
Wilkinson et al. 2004

Geographical Data

Zone:
Eastern Mediterranean
Country:
Syria
Province:
Location:
Tell es-Sweyhat
Ancient Regions:
Anthemusia
Osrhoene
Antiochia
Syria

Principal Investigators

Investigator Name:
Tony J. Wilkinson
Address:
E-mail:
t.j.wilkinson@durham.ac.uk
Phone / Fax:

Project Map

Elevation Range:
Minimum: 350
Maximum: 650
Project Area:
60 km2
Map Data Source:
Wilkinson et al. 2004 p1; Google Earth
Google™ Earth File:
Project Location:
Project Vertices:

Chronological Coverage

Period:
Upper Paleolithic
Years:
From: BC 10000     To: BC 8300
Period:
Early Pre-Pottery Neolithic A
Years:
From: BC 8300     To: BC 8000
Period:
Late Pre-Pottery Neolithic A
Years:
From: BC 8000     To: BC 7600
Period:
Early Ceramic Neolithic
Years:
From: BC 6000     To: BC 5500
Period:
Halaf
Years:
From: BC 5600     To: BC 5000
Period:
Ubaid
Years:
From: BC 5000     To: BC 4200
Period:
Late Chalcolithic
Years:
From: BC 4200     To: BC 3400
Period:
Mid-Early Bronze Age
Years:
From: BC 3600     To: BC 2300
Period:
Uruk
Years:
From: BC 3400     To: BC 3000
Period:
Early Early Bronze Age
Years:
From: BC 3000     To: BC 2600
Period:
Late Early Bronze Age
Years:
From: BC 2300     To: BC 2000
Period:
Middle Bronze Age
Years:
From: BC 2000     To: BC 1600
Period:
Late Bronze Age
Years:
From: BC 1600     To: BC 1200
Period:
Iron Age
Years:
From: BC 1200     To: BC 330
Period:
Hellenistic
Years:
From: BC 330     To: BC 50
Period:
Roman
Years:
From: BC 50     To: 350
Period:
Early Byzantine
Years:
From: 350     To: 650
Period:
Early Islamic
Years:
From: 650     To: 1000
Period:
Middle Islamic
Years:
From: 1000     To: 1300

Methodology

Approach:
Extensive
Intensive
Systematic
Non-Systematic
Site Survey
Siteless Survey
Diachronic
Temporally Bounded
Spatial Sampling (off-site):
Full Coverage
Random Sample
Stratified Random Sample
Deliberate Sample
Fieldwalker Spacing
 (average width = 0  m)
No Regular Fieldwalking
Artifact Collection:
Total
Sample
Diagnostic
Grab
Click
Pick
Counting
Weighing
Collection Unit:
Tract   (10 m x 10 m)
Modern Field
Site
Transect
Structure
Scatter/Artifact
Geolocation:
Basemap more detailed than 1:10K
GPS Uncorrected
Basemap 1:10K to 1:50K
GPS Differentially Corrected
Basemap less detailed than 1:50K
GIS
Other:

Special Studies

Artifacts:
Architecture
Ceramics
Lithics
Coins
Metal
Glass
Terracotta
epigraphy
Iconography
Environment:
Geology
Geomorphology
Soil Studies
Stone/Mineral Resources
Hydrology
Climatology
Paleobotany
Dendrochronology
Faunal Osteology
Agriculture
People:
Ritual Studies
Mortuary Studies
Population Data
Ethnography/Ethnology
Written Resources
Cultural Resource Management
Remote Sensing:
Satellite Imagery
Aerial Photography
Geoprospection
Other:
wine presses; quarries
Primary Questions:
Excavation:
NO

Environmental Parameters

Geology:
 Igneous
 Metamorphic
 Sedimentary
Geology Other:
Topography:
 Alluvial Plain
 Coastal Plain
 Continental Plain
 Delta
 Desert
 Gorge
 Hills
 Island
 Isthmus
 Lakeshore
 Mountains
 Peninsula
 Plateau
 River Valley
 Steppe
 Underwater
 Upland Basin
 Urban
 Wadi/Oued
 Wetlands
Topography Other:
Climate:
 Climatic Altitudes of Mountains
 Dry-summer Mediterranean
 Dry-summer Steppe
 Highly Oceanic
 Humid and warm summer
 Humid Steppe
 Oceanic
 Permanently Humid
 Semi-desert and Desert
 Steppe
 Sub-Oceanic
 Tropical Semi-desert and Desert
Climate Other:

Bibliography

Entry 1:
Wilkinson, Tony J.; Miller, Naomi F.; Reichel, Clemens D.; Whitcomb, Donald. (2004), On the Margin of the Euphrates: Settlement and Land Use at Tell es-Sweyhat and in the Upper Lake Assad Area, Syria, Chicago, Il., Oriental Instituteof the Univ.
NOTES: publisher: Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago
Entry 2:
Holland, Thomas A. (1976), "Preliminary Report on Excavations at Tell es-Sweyhat, Syria, 1973-74", Levant, 8, 36-70
Entry 3:
Holland, Thomas A. (1977), "Preliminary Report on Excavations at Tell es-Sweyhat, Syria, 1975", Levant, 9, 36-65
Entry 4:
Holland, Thomas A. (1980), "Incised Pottery from Tell Sweyhat, Syria and its Foreign Connections", Jean Claude Margueron, Le Moyen Euphrate: Zone de contacts et d'echanges, Leiden, E. J. Brill, 127-57




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