Ab Urbe Condita: Early cities at Hamoukar during the Chalcolithic and Early Bronze Age

Clemens Reichel, University of Toronto
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
7:00 pm - Breasted Hall

Excavations at Hamoukar in Syria have substantially enhanced our understanding of the emergence of cities in the northern part of the Fertile Crescent. By 3500 BC this site accommodated an early walled city with complex bureaucracies. By 2200 BC it had expanded to an urban metropolis with large public buildings and elaborate private houses. This lecture presents new insights gained during the 2008 and 2010 excavation seasons at Hamoukar.