Tell Halaf Grabungsprojekt

Excavation 2008

Elisabeth Katzy, M.A. / Katharina Schmidt

On the citadel, Teams A, B and C continued their work. Part of it was the excavation and recovery of grave 16 which had already been discovered in 2007, but due to time-constraints work on it had to be postponed until this season. The investigations of the prehistoric settlement were concentrated on the northern slope in the scope of excavating them on a larger scale. Here, at the highest point of the citadel, it is possible to record the entire stratigraphy of the site. In the lower town new trenches were opened. Their goal was to check and, if necessary, supplement Max von Oppenheim’s documentation. Thus, Team E investigated the area of the so-called «Stadttempel» and Team F made a sounding at the city wall.

Team 2008

Area A
Dr. Lutz Martin (Vorderasiatisches Museum Berlin)
Muhammad Fakhru, Student (Nationalmuseum Aleppo)
Raphaela Heitmann, M.A. (Vorderasiatisches Museum Berlin)
Helen Gries, Studentin (Universität Mainz)
Ulrike Bößmann, Studentin (Universität Freiburg i. Br.)
Jonas Brandt, Student (Universität Mainz)
Dani Abo, Student (Ras al-Ain)

Area B
Dr. Jörg Becker (Universität Halle)
Markus Königsdörfer, Student (Universität Halle)
Christine Gentzsch, Studentin (Universität Halle)
Petek Aytac, M.A. (Universität Frankfurt)
Huzaifa Zakariya, Student (Universität Damaskus)

Area C
PD Dr. Mirko Novák (Universität Tübingen)
Samer Abdel Ghafour (Antikenverwaltung Damaskus)
Brigitte Laschinger, Studentin (Universität Tübingen)
Nicola Scheyhing, Studentin (Universität Tübingen)
Anna Gnyp, Studentin (Universität Mainz)
Maria Briliakova, Studentin (Universität Universität Bratislava)
Jumana Asa’ad, Studentin (Universität Damaskus)
Maram Diab (Antikenverwaltung Damaskus)
Janna Haj Hamid, Studentin (Universität Damaskus)
Yasmeen Hamouwiye, Studentin (Universität Damaskus)
Wala al-Jasem, Student (Universität Damaskus)
Yasin al-Kader, Student (Ras al-Ain)
Mohammad Menem, Student (Universität Damaskus)

Area E
Prof. Dr. Winfried Orthmann (Mandelbachtal)
Katharina Schmidt, Studentin (Universität München)

Area F
Prof. Dr. Winfried Orthmann (Mandelbachtal)
Maria Briliakova, Studentin (Universität Bratislava)

Indoor Staff
Small objects – first listing:
Elisabeth Katzy, M.A. (Universität Tübingen)
Luise Loges, Studentin (Universität Tübingen)

Small objects – documentation:
Gabriele Elsen-Novák, M.A. (Universität Tübingen)
Christiane Radovanov, Studentin (Universität Tübingen)

Documentation of the Hellenistic material:
Elisabeth Katzy, M.A. (Tübingen)

Günther Mirsch (Steinau)
Laura Simons, M.A. (Universität Tübingen)

Simone Korolnik-Jablonka, Dipl.-Rest. (Tübingen)
Dorothee Brück, Studentin und Goldschmiedin (Feiberuflich tätig, Fachhochschule Potsdam)
Hiba al-Bassir, Dipl.-Rest. (Damaskus)

Dr. Uwe Sievertsen (Universität Tübingen / St. Gallen)
Eva Ťuchova, Studentin (Universität Bratislava)

Dr. Simone Riehl (Universität Tübingen)

Svenja Partheil, Dipl. Biol. (Universität Hildesheim)

Anne Haseley, Dipl.-Arch. (Universität Dresden)

Epigraphic Finds:
Prof. Dr. Andreas Fuchs (Universität Tübingen)

Technical Support:
Gerald Käfer (Bernburg)

Local Workforce
120 workers from Tell Halaf

Again, we were happy to welcome many visitors from near and far.

(Translation: A. Sollee / B. Sollee)

1Excavation Areas (map)
2Team 2008 (Photo: G. Mirsch)
3Area E: Breakfast (Photo: K. Schmidt)
4Jörg Becker with two workers / Team B (Photo: K. Schmidt)
5Chr. Radanavo drawing sherds (Photo: K. Schmidt)
6Trying to find joins between sherds (Photo: K. Schmidt)
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