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Ausgrabung 2009

The 2009 excavation campaign carried out intensive excavations on the terrace on the western slope of the Tell. One objective was to uncover additional areas of Middle Assyrian architecture already excavated in 2006 and 2007, and another was to expose more remains of the monumental building structure unearthed in Area C in order to prove or disprove its presumed origin in the Mittani period. The discovery of Middle Assyrian texts in this excavation area suggests that additional investigations will provide clarity on the historical identification of Tell Fecheriye. In a broader sense, this could benefit research on the history of the Upper Mesopotamian piedmont region, the Mittani presence, and Middle Assyrian state organization east of the Euphrates.

The archaeological operations were divided into four trenches: Trench C-I (Squares 6746 and 6846) which is to excavate the northern extension of the Middle Assyrian House I. Trench C-II (Squares 6645, 6745 and 6845), which is in the centre of the Middle Assyrian House I and where by the end of the 2007 season most of its architectural remains had been removed after documentation. This area then was to excavate the remains of the pre-Middle Assyrian (probably Mittani) building, while in the eastern section of this area the extension of the Middle Assyrian House I to the east still had to be investigated. In Trench C-III (Squares 6644, 6744, 6643 and 6743) the eastern extension of the Middle Assyrian House II towards the slope of the Tell was investigated. In Trench C-IV (Squares 6642 and 6742) the extension of the Middle Assyrian architecture (tentatively labelled as House III) was investigated. This operation also demanded excavation along the slope of the Tell (Square 6742). Later, Trench C-V further south of Trench C-IV was opened in order to get an insight in the stratigraphic situation immediately under the modern surface between Areas C and D.

Team Members

Directors of excavation:
Prof. Dr. Dominik Bonatz (Director of Excavations, German part)
‘Abd al-Masih Bagdo (Director of Excavations, Syrian part)

Co-/Field Director of excavation:
Peter Bartl, M.A., PhD Student (Freie Universität Berlin)

Field Archaeologists:
Assad Alaw, PhD Student (Freie Universität Berlin)
Dr. Brian Brown (University of California, Berkley/USA)
Dr. Simona Bracci (Freie Universität Berlin)
Dr. Daniela Crasso (Freie Universität Berlin)
Marcus Garbrecht, Student (Freie Universität Berlin)
Ulrike Hilby, M.A. (Universität Innsbruck, Austria)
Anika Hotzan-Tchabashvili, Student (Freie Universität Berlin)
Fehed Hsen, Archaeologist (Department of Antiquities, Qamishli)
Dr. Drahoslav Hulinek (Slovakian Archaeological and Historical Institute, Bratislava)
Warda Jamil, Student (University of Damascus) (from September 1st to September 7th)
Stefanie Janke, Student (Freie Universität Berlin)
Shirin, Student (University Aleppo) (from September 20th to October 14th)
George, Student (University Aleppo) (from September 25th to October 28th)
Khunaf Hussein Mohamad, Student (University of Damascus) (from September 1st to September 7th)
Rami Schams ed-Din, Student (University of Damascus)
Jana Stehliková, M.A. (Slovakian Archaeological and Historical Institute, Bratislava)
Raphael Tonner, Student (Freie Universität Berlin)
Friedrich Weigel, Student (Freie Universität Berlin)

Photographer:
Maximilian Leitenbauer, Student (Freie Universität Berlin)

Pottery Studies:
Carolin Jauss, M.A., PhD Student (Freie Universität Berlin) (from August 28th to September 5th)
Christine Kainert, Student (Freie Universität Berlin)

Small find studies:
Dr. Mai Lin Tjoa-Bonatz (Freie Universität Berlin)

Draughtsmen:
Elias Abd ad-Nour (Directorate of Museums and Antiquities, Hasseke)
Abdallah Hamid (Draughtsman, Raqqa)

Conservation:
Evelyn Alvarez-Dossmann (Dipl. Conservator, FHTW Berlin)

Chief illustrator:
Dr. Susanne Geck (Freie Universität Berlin)

Cartographer:
Tibor Lieskovsky (Slovakian Archaeological and Historical Institute, Bratislava)
Daniel Kendera (Slovakian Archaeological and Historical Institute, Bratislava)

Local Workers:
55 workers from Ras al-‘Ain

We appreciate the support given by the Directorate of Antiquities and Museums in Damascus, especially Dr. Michel al-Maqdissi, and we thank our local workers from Ras al-‘Ain for their help during excavations.