This is a Dutch video about the archaeology of Jebel Aruda in Syria.
The second exhibition which I saw today was about ancient Syria.
More especially about Jebel Aruda, a mountain near the Euphrates river.
Between 3400-3000 BCE, two temples were built there.
Also, houses around them, for priests and other people connected to the temples.
It was not an agricultural village, as farming was done closer to the river.
Sheep and goats were kept there.
At Jebel Aruda, many jars were found.
Mostly broken, as there had been a fire after people had lived there for about a century.
The people were probably immigrants from the Uruk region in southern Iraq.
Uruk culture included the first towns with thousands of inhabitants, the first kings, the first writing.
The Syrian government allowed the Dutch archaeologists doing research at Jebel Aruda to bring part of the finds to their own country.
At one house, they found hedgehog shaped ceramics.
See also here.
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- UN warns of ‘humanitarian tragedy’ in Syria (aljazeera.com)
- Odyssey Mosaics Stolen!!! (rogueclassicism.com)
- Ancient mosaics of The Odyssey stolen from Syrian museum (rawstory.com)
- Typhoid breaks out in rebel-held eastern Syria: WHO (worldbulletin.net)