Reports of Excavations that have been taking place recently in Syria. Many of these sites have openings for volunteer fieldworkers.
Not all of these references are completely up to date, although many of these excavations have been going on for several years. I shall be checking to see if we have the latest information.
University of Chicago Press Release
A huge battle at Hamoukar in upper Mesopotamia destroyed one of the world’s earliest cities at around 3500 B.C. and left behind, preserved in their places, artifacts from daily life in an urban settlement in upper Mesopotamia, according to a joint announcement from the University of Chicago and the Department of Antiquities in Syria. [University of Chicago]
Artefacts from Hamoukar
“The whole area of our most recent excavation was a war zone,” said Clemens Reichel, Research Associate at the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago. Reichel, the American co-director of the Syrian-American Archaeological Expedition to Hamoukar, lead a team that spent October and November at the site. Salam al-Quntar of the Syrian Department of Antiquities and Cambridge University was Syrian co-director. Hamoukar is an ancient site in extreme northeastern Syria near the Iraqi border. [University of Chicago]
Archaeological Importance of Hamoukar
Hamoukar, an ancient settlement from approx. 4000 BCE in northeastern Syria, between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, is now considered by some archaeologists to be among the world's earliest cities...
Evidence of battle at Hamoukar points to early urban development
New details about the tragic end of one of the world’s earliest cities, as well as clues about how urban life may have begun there, were revealed in a recent excavation conducted in northeastern Syria by archaeologists from the Oriental Institute and the Syrian Department of Antiquities. [Chicago Chronicle]
Ebla - Tell Mardikh
The ruins of the city were discovered in 1973 by an Italian archaeological expedition from the University of Rome. Most importantly, nearly 20,000 cuneiform tablets (perhaps the most remarkable 'find' of the century has been uncovered) dated from around 2250 BC were discovered (1975) in the palace archives.
Official Site of the Italian Archaeological Mission in Syria.
The archive of Ebla: 2500-2250 BC
The cuneiform tablets found at Ebla reveal a prosperous society, based on extensive trade backed up from time to time by Brutal military excursions. The tablets date from somewhere between 2500 and 2250 BC.