Carchemish in Context [Hardback]

T. J. Wilkinson (Author); Edgar Peltenburg (Author); Eleanor Barbanes Wilkinson (Author)

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ISBN: 9781785701115 | Published by: Oxbow Books | Series: BANEA monograph Series | Volume: 4 | Year of Publication: 2016 | Language: English 288p, H280 x W216 (mm) b/w and colour images

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Carchemish in Context


The city of Carchemish in the valley of the Euphrates river can be regarded as one of the iconic sites in the Middle East, a mound complex known both for its own intrinsic qualities as the seat of later Hittite power and Neo-Hittite kings, but also because its history of excavations included well known historical figures such as Leonard Woolley and T. E. Lawrence. However, because of its location within the military zone of the Turkish-Syrian border the site itself has been inaccessible to archaeologists for more than 90 years. Carchemish in Context summarises the results of regional investigations conducted within the Land of Carchemish Project in Syria, as well as other archaeological surveys in the region, in order to provide a regional, historical and archaeological context for the development of the city.

A synthesis of the history of Carchemish is presented and a regional overview of the Land of Carchemish as it is defined by archaeological features and key historical references through to the early Iron Age. Insightful snapshots of the dynamics of an ancient state are revealed which can now be seen to have fluctuated dramatically in size throughout 700-800 years, in part depending upon the power of the king of Carchemish or the aggressions of external powers.

The results from the Project provide an overview of the main trends of settlement in the region over 8000 years, using a combination of survey databases to both north and south of the Syrian-Turkish border and with a focus on the earlier phases of settlement from the Neolithic until the end of the Bronze Age when Carchemish became an outpost of the Hittite empire. The Iron Age is a period blessed by numerous historical records some of which can be traced in the modern landscape. Further chapters explore site-specific aspects of the regional archaeology, including a series of important sites on the Sajur river, some of which were positioned along the main campaign routes of the Assyrian kings. The close relationship between the nearby Early Bronze Age site of Tell Jerablus Tahtani and Carchemish are examined and the results from the 40 ha Carchemish Outer Town survey described, providing important new data sources regarding the layout, defences and dates of occupation of this significant part of the city. The Classical, Roman, Byzantine and Early Islamic occupations are also discussed in relation to what is known of occupation in the surrounding region.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Chapter 1
Introduction, by T.J. Wilkinson and Edgar Peltenburg
Chapter 2
Sketch History of Karkamish in the Earlier Iron Age Iron I-IIB, by J.D. Hawkins and M. Weeden
Chapter 3
The Land of Carchemish and its Neighbours During the Neo-Hittite period (c. 1190-717 BC), by Michael Brown and Stefan Smith
Chapter 4
Long-term Settlement Trends in the Birecik-Carchemish Sectors, by Dan Lawrence and Andrea Ricci
Chapter 5
The Landscapes of Carchemish, by T.J.Wilkinson
Chapter 6
The Scent of Empire on the Sajur, by Jesper Eidem
Chapter 7
Carchemish in the Third Millennium: A View From Neighbouring Tell Jerablus Tahtani, by Edgar Peltenburg
Chapter 8
Investigations of Iron Age Carchemish: The Outer Town Survey of 2009 and 2010, by Eleanor Wilkinson and Andrea Ricci
Chapter 9
The Carchemish Region Between the Hellenistic and Early Islamic Periods, by Paul Newson
Chapter 10
Sixty Years of Site Damage in the Carchemish Region, by Emma Cunliffe
Chapter 11
Discussion, by T.J. Wilkinson and Edgar Peltenburg
The Land of Carchemish Survey (Syria), 2006-2010: Site Gazeteer, by T.J. Wilkinson, Dan Lawrence and Andrea Ricci

Reviews & Quotes

"“This monograph is destined to become the main reference book for any scholar who is interested in Carchemish and the archaeology of this part of northern Syria…” "
Tevfik Emre Şerifoğlu
Ancient West & East (11/01/2019)

"This is an important monograph…will be of interest not just to specialists—Hittitologists, Assyriologists, Near Eastern and landscape archaeologists—but to anyone with an interest in the archaeology of the ancient Near East, as well as the wider heritage community and cultural resource managers."
Andrew Jamieson
Ancient Near Eastern Studies (25/07/2018)

"[This] volume presents a great deal of new information about a fascinating region and why it developed the way it did during different periods, and it helps us to make sense of the context in which Carchemish is located. I highly recommend this volume as a resource not only for understanding this region, but also as an example of how interdisciplinary research can be conducted in order to improve archaeological understanding."
Mark Altaweel
Antiquity (25/11/2016)

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