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The Tell Nebi Mend Post-Excavation and Publication Project (Chalcolithic-Early Bronze Age)
A research project of the Department of Archaeology.
The Tell Nebi Mend Post-Excavation and Publication Project is funded by the Council for British Research in the Levant (CBRL). It is intended to bring to publication the results of excavations carried out at this key site in the Orontes Valley of western Syria, by a University College London team, under the directorship of Peter Parr between the 1970s and the 1990s.
This particular component is concerned with deposits excavated in Trench VIII during the 1980s and early 1990s, and which initial radiocarbon evidence suggests, span the 4th and 3rd millennia BC calibrated. The site offers what is currently the only excavated sequence from inland western Syria for the period which witnessed the transition from village to urban societies in the region. From a research perspective it will provide an invaluable comparator for the development of complex societies as these are understood in the better documented regions of north Syria/southeast Anatolia, and in Palestine /Transjordan to the south.
The publication project which was begun in 2010 will be published in the CBRL Monograph series. The work is being directed by Prof. Philip, with input from Peter Parr. Mhairi Campbell is preparing the the stratigraphic and ceramic data as part of an MA by Research, and reports on archaeobotanical and faunal material are being provided by Angela Walker and Caroline Grigson respectively. A new set of short-life radiocarbon samples (currently being processed) should provide a clear absolute chronology for the sequence.