Archeology - Bronze Age In Syria, Mesopotamia

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2 m thick (Strommenger et al. 1986: 12), and were ofien plastered on the insides with layers of lime or clay plaster. The floors consisted of stamped earth or, more frequently, were covered over with brick or limestone slabs, much in the tradition of other Old Babylonian palaces, notably the Palace of Zirnri-Lim at Mari. 45 The general layout of the Palace consisted of three main courtyards, or central halls, surrounded by a complex of smaller rooms. The largest of these halls was Room 5, located in the southem part of the building.

276). The formation of Hadidi's high tell was the result of major occupations dunng al1 phases of the Bronze Age, while the iower tell was occupied dunng parts of the Early Bronze Age and the Late Bronze Age only. In the Middle Bronze Age, occupation at the site was limited to the upper tell and covered an area of about 2 1 ha (Dornemann 1982: 22 1). Excavations in severai soundings on the high tell have exposed a well-fortified Middle Bronze Age settlement, with many phases of occupation and re-buildings.

7-9 for pottery typolog). The pottery lay in layers of debns that had accumulated between the outer defensive wall W74 1 and a series of inner tenace walls (W865,and W866). This indicated that the fortification system of the site had its origins in an earlier period, one which was conternporary with the use of the typologically earlier pottery. The pottery from these layers of debris was thought to compare favourably with the Middle Bronze pottery fiom Tell Hadidi, particularly from its later Middle Bronze layers, as well as Halawa, Area Q, and Mardikh IIIB (McClellan 1986: 100-05).

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