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General Information

ID (CGMA ID):
SY277
Project Name:
Sabi Abyad
Project Description:
"Our project aims to fill in the existing gaps in our knowledge and appreciation of ancient society in northern Syria, and has proved to be very successful indeed."--Project Website The larger project has been supplemented by a regional survey intended to locate more ancient sites.
Project Websites:
Project Sponsors:
Amsterdam Free University
State University Groningen
Leiden University
the Netherlands National Museum of Antiquities
Syria Shell Petroleum Development B.V.
Dates of Operation:
From: 1980     To: present
Project Languages:
English
Dutch
Metadata Sources:
Project webpage

Geographical Data

Zone:
Eastern Mediterranean
Country:
Syria
Province:
Location:
30km from the Turkish border, along the Balikh riv
Ancient Regions:

Principal Investigators

Investigator Name:
Dr. Peter M.m. G. Akkermans
Address:
E-mail:
p.m.m.g.akkermans@let.leidenuniv.nl
Phone / Fax:
phone:( +31 (0)71 527 23 91 )

Project Map

Elevation Range:
Minimum: 0
Maximum: 0
Project Area:
0 km2
Map Data Source:
Project website; Google Earth
Google™ Earth File:
Project Location:
Project Vertices:

Chronological Coverage

Period:
"First farmers"
Years:
From: BC 8000     To: BC 7000
Period:
Late Neolithic
Years:
From: BC 6800     To: BC 5300
Period:
Chalcolithic
Years:
From: BC 5300     To: BC 3000
Period:
Late Bronze Age
Years:
From: BC 1300     To: BC 1100
Period:
Assyric
Years:
From: BC 1300     To: BC 1200
Period:
Graeco-Roman period
Years:
From: BC 300     To: 400

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   (0 m x 0 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:
Primary Questions:
To investigate in detail (1) the socio-economic development of northern Syria in later prehistory, ca. 6800-5000 BC, and (2) the organization and structure of the Assyrian kingdom in northern Syria in the Late Bronze Age, ca. 1300-1100 BC. Where and how did people live in the Balikh valley during the past millennia?
Excavation:
YES

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:




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