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Detailed Project Description

General Information

ID (CGMA ID):
SY320
Project Name:
Tell Leilan Project Regional Survey (LRS)
Project Description:
In the summers of 1995 and 1997, the LRS surveyed the region of Tell Leilan.
Project Websites:
Project Sponsors:

Dates of Operation:
From: 1995     To: 1997
Project Languages:
English
Metadata Sources:
project website
Ristvet 2005
Ristvet and Weiss 2005

Geographical Data

Zone:
Eastern Mediterranean
Country:
Syria
Province:
Location:
Ancient Regions:

Principal Investigators

Investigator Name:
Harvey Weiss
Address:
Yale University
E-mail:
harvey.weiss@yale.edu
Phone / Fax:
phone:( 203 432 4080 )

Project Map

Elevation Range:
Minimum: Not Specified
Maximum: Not Specified
Project Area:
1200 km2
Map Data Source:
Ristvet and Weiss 2005; project website; Google Earth
Google™ Earth File:
Project Location:
Project Vertices:

Chronological Coverage

Period:
Leilan IIIa
Years:
From: BC 3000     To: BC 2900
Period:
Leilan IIIb-IIIc
Years:
From: BC 2900     To: BC 2650
Period:
Leilan IIId
Years:
From: BC 2650     To: BC 2500
Period:
Leilan IIa
Years:
From: BC 2500     To: BC 2300
Period:
Leilan IIb
Years:
From: BC 2300     To: BC 2200
Period:
Leilan IIc
Years:
From: BC 2200     To: BC 1900
Period:
Leilan I
Years:
From: BC 1900     To: BC 1700
Period:
Leilan 0
Years:
From: BC 1700     To: BC 1500
Period:
Mitanni
Years:
From: BC 1500     To: BC 1300
Period:
Middle Assyrian
Years:
From: BC 1300     To: BC 1100

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:
radiocarbon dating, tephtrochronostratigraphy
Primary Questions:
What is the distribution of sites in the Tell Leilan Region? What is the long-term history of the region? How did changes in the social relations of land underlay the processes of urbanisation tribalisation and provincialisation? What are the long-term dynamics between the environment, urbanism and nomadism in the region?
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:

Bibliography

Entry 1:
Ristvet, Lauren (2005), Settlement, Economy and Society in the Tell Leilan Region
NOTES: PhD dissertation available at http://research.yale.edu/leilan/publications.html
Entry 2:
Ristvet, Lauren; Weiss, Harvey (2005), "The Habur Region in the Late Third and Early Second Millenium BC", Orthmann, Winfried, The History and Archaeology of Syria Vol. 1, Saarbrucken, Saarbrucken Verlag




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