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Tell Sabi Abyad

a Pleiades place resource

Creators: Jamie Novotny, Rune Rattenborg Copyright © The Contributors. Sharing and remixing permitted under terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License (cc-by).
Last modified Jan 03, 2024 01:54 PM History
Tell Sabi Abyad is located in the Balih River Valley, in northern Syria. The ancient name of the site is not yet known.

36.5057, 39.0915

findspot, place of finding, settlement, archaeological site


The site, which has been excavated since 1986 (under the direction of Peter Akkermans), comprises four settlement mounds (I–IV). In addition to the earliest pottery from Syria (ca. 6900-6800 BCE) being discovered there, over 400 cuneiform tablets (written in the Akkadian language) from the late 13th and 12th centuries BCE (Middle Assyrian Period) were unearthed at Tell Sabi Abyad I, the largest of the four mounds. 

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Jamie Novotny, Rune Rattenborg, Jeffrey Becker, and Carolin Johansson, 'Tell Sabi Abyad: a Pleiades place resource', Pleiades: A Gazetteer of Past Places, 2024 <> [accessed: 21 May 2024]

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