Tell Afis

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Tell Afis
تل آفس
Tell Afis is located in Syria
Tell Afis
Shown within Syria
Alternate name Hazrek of Luhuti
Location Syria
Region Idlib region
Coordinates 35°54′18″N 36°47′55″E / 35.905°N 36.798611°E / 35.905; 36.798611
Type settlement
Site notes
Excavation dates 1986–ongoing
Archaeologists Stefania Mazzoni and Serena Maria Cecchini
Condition ruins

Tell Afis is an archaeological site in the Idlib region of northern Syria, and lies about fifty kilometres southeast of Aleppo.[1] The site is thought to be that of ancient Hazrek (or Hazrach; Hatarikka for the Assyrians) capital of Luhuti.[2][3] Also, this site may have been the ancient Hadrach, mentioned in the Bible.

The Stele of Zakkur, which contains a dedication in Aramaic to the god Iluwer, was discovered here in 1903.

The site has been excavated since 1986 by a joint project from the universities of Rome, Pisa and Bologna, under the direction of Stefania Mazzoni and Serena Maria Cecchini.[4]

The site was reportedly damaged by encampments during the Syrian civil war.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Venturi, F. (2007) La Siria nell’Età delle Trasformazioni: Nuovi Contributi dallo Scavo di Tell Afis, Cooperativa Libraria Universitaria Editirice Bologna.
  2. ^ Trevor Bryce. The Routledge Handbook of the Peoples and Places of Ancient Western Asia. p. 296. 
  3. ^ I. E. S. Edwards; Cyril John Gadd; Nicholas Geoffrey Lemprière Hammondpage. The Cambridge Ancient History: Early History of the Middle East. Part 2, Volume 1. p. 282. 
  4. ^ Venturi, F. (2007) La Siria nell’Età delle Trasformazioni: Nuovi Contributi dallo Scavo di Tell Afis, Cooperativa Libraria Universitaria Editirice Bologna.
  5. ^ Cunliffe, Emma., Damage to the Soul: Syria's cultural heritage in conflict, Durham University and the Global Heritage Fund, 1 May 2012

1. Venturi, F. (2007) La Siria nell’Età delle Trasformazioni: Nuovi Contributi dallo Scavo di Tell Afis, Cooperativa Libraria Universitaria Editirice Bologna.

Coordinates: 35°54′18″N 36°47′55″E / 35.90500°N 36.79861°E / 35.90500; 36.79861