Syro-Belgian Tell Tweini excavation project

Start - End 
1999 - 2019 (ongoing)
Department of Archaeology
Other institution(s) 
Near Eastern Studies KU Leuven
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The site of Tell Tweini is located on the southern bank of the River Rumeilah in the Syrian coastal plain, approximately 1,5 km east of modern-day Jebleh and 40 km south of Ras Shamra-Ugarit, the capital of the ancient Kingdom of Ugarit. Since 1999, the site of ca. 12 hectares has been under excavation by the Syro-Belgian team headed by Dr. Al-Maqdissi,  Dr. Badawi (Department of Antiquities, Damascus) and Prof. Dr. Bretschneider. Work has concentrated on three areas at the summit of the tell (Fields A, B and C). Especially Field A (central part of the tell) and B (western plateau) have produced a full, uninterrupted archaeological sequence spanning mainly from the Early Bronze Age IV (ca. 2400 B.C.) up to the Iron III period (ca. 500 B.C.), making Tell Tweini a key site for the Northern Levant concerning ceramic sequences and architectural stratification from the Bronze and Iron Ages. The most intensive occupation occurred during the Late Bronze Age and Iron Age periods, when a fortified city occupied the site.


David Kaniewski, Nick Marriner, Joachim Bretschneider (UGent) , Greta Jans, Christophe Morhange, Rachid Cheddadi, Thierry Otto, Frédéric Luce and Elise Van Campo.  REGIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE (2019)

300-year drought frames Late Bronze Age to Early Iron Age transition in the Near East : new palaeoecological data from Cyprus and Syria




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