The Iron age settlement at ʻAin Dara, Syria: survey and surroundings
'Squared limestone and basalt blocks of enormous size pave the approach to it, reliefs of lions and sphinxes surround its exterior, rows of lions in protome standing more than two metres high once formed the facades..' - the great Iron Age temple of 'Ain Dara is one of the most striking monuments of northern Syria. This volume presents the results of the survey project that investigated the area surrounding this monument in an attempt to provide a context for its existence and development. More than just a religious centre, excavations in the 1980s had hinted at a much larger surrounding settlement, something confirmed by the 'Ain Dara Expedition. Includes chapters on the methodology of the surface survey, the Hellenistic and ROman pottery, the excavated areas, ceramic finds, small finds, botanical and mammal remains.
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List of Figures
The location of Ain Dara
Citadel mound from northeast quadrant of lower tell
75 other sections not shown
15 Level 1st century B.C. 21 Level 2nd century B.C. 2nd to 1st 3rd to 2nd Abu Assaf Ain Dara amphora Amuq animals baked clay basalt Black-slip bone spatula bovids Bronze Age caprid Carchemish century B.C. Cf ceramics copper/bronze courtyard decoration excavated Feature Figure Findspot Size Illustration Fragment of bowl goat grit temper Height Hellenistic Hole diam Humerus Iron Age Late 2nd Late Bronze legume Level 1 Length Locus 1 Level Locus 17 Locus 21 lower mound lower tell Medium ware meters NISP North at top Object Description Findspot paint paste color 5YR Period Object Description Phase XX pithos pottery projectile point Registration Number Phase sample seeds sherds slip soapstone spatula species specimens spindle whorl Square 5 Locus Squares 4 left stone suids Syria Thick Tibia Trench 3 Locus types University of Aleppo wall weed Width Zeder Zeist