Al-Hasakah Tel - Ancient Civilizations, Incessant Human Settlement

The 2.5 hectare archeological Al-Hasakah Tel (hill) located at the center of the city of al-Hasakah, 309.25 m above sea level, is an archeological landmark telling the story and secrets of a number of the ancient and most deep-rooted historical eras and civilizations of varying cultures and traditions.

"The excavation works for 2008 showed the non-stop human settlement in al-Hasakah from the 4th century until today." Head of the national archeological mission working at the site Abd al-Masih Baghdo said Friday.

Three archeological platforms dating back to different historical periods were unearthed during the first excavation season conducted last year.

Adobe buildings were revealed in the first platform, inside which there were archeological findings dating back to the Arab and Islamic epoch between the 2nd and 3rd centuries A.D.

Excavations at the second platform which dates back to the Byzantine Era in the 5th century uncovered gypsum plastered basins as well as a part of a cathedral building made of basalt.

The western wall of the cathedral was 2.10 m high and 17.75 long. An 83 cm wide second entrance was located 3.21 m to the northwestern corner of the wall, leading to the service section sited in the northwestern part of the cathedral.

A plastered stone-covered cemetery was also discovered within the second platform. Inside the cemetery a skeleton for a man aged between 40 and 45 was found with iron nails indicating death under torture.

A basin daubed with gypsum plaster in the western part of the cathedral building was believed to be a wine press.

"The cathedral building, with its decorated stone pillars, the cemetery and the tiled floor, is the first of its kind in al-Hasakah reflecting the importance of architecture during that period." Member of the Executive Bureau of Tourism and Archeology Sector in al-Hasaka governorate George Elias said.

Adobe walls coated with gypsum plaster were unearthed in the third archeological platform, dating back to the Neo-Assyrian Era between the 11th and 8th centuries B.C.

Haifa Said /Ghossoun

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