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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 was funded by the Council for British Research in the Levant (£5.6k, 2011). It is intended to bring to publication the results of excavations carried out at this key multi-period tell site in the Orontes Valley of western Syria, by a team from University College London, under the directorship of Peter Parr between the 1970s and the early 1990s.

This particular component of interest here is concerned with deposits excavated in Trench VIII during the 1980s and early 1990s, and reported in preliminary publications as “Early Bronze Age”. However, radiocarbon dates obtained in 2012 suggest that these deposits fall in the 4th millennium cal. BC, and so provide a sequence that is currently unique for inland Syria. The publication project began in 2011 and is directed by Prof. Philip. Reports on archaeobotanical and faunal material were provided by Angela Walker and Caroline Grigson respectively, and a preliminary analysis of the stratigraphic sequence was undertaken by Mhairi Campbell in her 2013 MA dissertation Tell Nebi Mend: Trench VIII. This has provided a clear stratigraphic and chronological framework within which specialist analyses can be understood. Ceramic petrography is being undertaken 2013-14 by Dr Kamal Badreshany, within the framework of the CRANE project.

Once all specialist reports are complete, it is planned to publish the material as a volume in the CBRL Monograph series, as the evidence from Nebi Mend will provide an invaluable west Syrian case-study to compare with the development of complex societies as documented in better known regions, such as northern Syria and the southern Levant.


From the Department of Archaeology