The Bronze and Iron Ages marked the emergence and development of early state ordered civilizations in the ancient Near East. Research has documented the introduction of urban institutions, and the development of specialized craft industries and extensive inter regional trade networks. To examine these developments on a truly regional level, however, local cultural sequences must be well documented, and a precise chronological framework in place; criteria that are lacking for much of the ancient Near East. The Ta‛yinat Archaeological Project (TAP) seeks to address this problem for a pivotal area, by returning to the cultural sequence first defined during the pioneering work of the Braidwood led Chicago Expedition in the 1930s to the Amuq Plain in southeastern Turkey. This research initiative will result in a more thorough and refined cultural sequence, enhancing efforts to conduct broader regional analyses of developments during this period of dramatic social, economic and political change.
The Ta’yinat Archaeological Project’s primary aim is to assemble archaeological data from the central settlement at Tell Ta‛yinat of a succession of prominent, historically-attested Bronze and Iron Age polities for comparison with existing data sets from comparable contexts (e.g. domestic, residential, administrative, or public) at rural village sites in the region. This explicitly regional approach, still relatively rare in Near Eastern Archaeology, is designed to facilitate multiple levels of analysis, and to produce the multivariate data needed to engage in more systematic investigations of the complex social, economic and political institutions developed by the first urban communities to emerge in this part of the world...
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Denel, E. (2012) Tayinat Höyük'ün Yeni Aslani. Mesa ve Yaşam 57:29-31.Harrison, T.P. and Osborne J.F (2012) Building XVI and the Neo-Assyrian Sacred Precinct at Tell Tayinat. Journal of Cuneiform Studies 64:125-143.Lauinger, J. (2012) Esarhaddon's Succession Treaty at Tell Tayinat: Text and Commentary. Journal of Cuneiform Studies 64:87-123.Harrison, T.P. (2012) Lion-Adorned Monumental Gate Complex Unearthed at Tell Tayinat, Turkey. The Near Eastern Archaeology Foundation Bulletin 55 (February): 6.2011
Harrison, T.P. (2011) Tell Tayinat's Great Lion. bout de papier 26:2 (Fall/Winter):19.Harrison, T.P. (2011) Temples, Tablets and the Neo-Assyrian Provincial Capital of Kinalia. Journal of the Canadian Society for Mesopotamian Studies 6:29-37.Janeway, B. (2011) Mycenaean bowls at 12th/11th century BC Tell Tayinat (Amuq Valley). Pp. 167-185 in On Cooking Pots, Drinking Cups, Loomweights and Ethnicity in Bronze Age Cyprus and Neighbouring Regions, ed. V. Karageorghis and O. Kouka. Nicosia: A.G. Leventis Foundation.Lauinger, J. (2011) Some Preliminary Thoughts on the Tablet collection in Builiding XVI from Tell Tayinat. Journal of the Canadian Society for Mesopotamian Studies 6:5-14.Welton, L. (2011) The Amuq Plain and Tell Tayinat in the Third Millennium BCE: The Historical and Socio-Political Context. Journal of the Canadian Society for Mesopotamian Studies 6:15-27.Welton, L., Batiuk, S., Harrison, T.P., with contributions by Lipovitch, D. and Capper, M. (2011) Tell Tayinat in the Late Third Millennium. Recent investigations of the Tayinat Archaeological Project, 2008-2010. Anatolica 37:147-185.2010
Harrison, T.P. (2010) The Late Bronze/Early Iron Age Transition in the Northern Orontes Valley. Pp. 83-102 in Societies in Transition. Evolutionary Processes in the Northern Levant between Late Bronze Age II and Early Iron Age, ed. F. Venturi. Bologna: CLUEB.Harrison, T.P. (2010) Tayinat Höyüğü: Arkeoloji Projesi 2009. Hatay 32: 36-37. [H. Pamir, Turkish translation]Harrsion, T.P. (2010) Tell Tayinat: Patina Kralliğ'nin Başkenti. Aktüel Arkeoloji Dergisi 16: 78-85.2009
Harrison, T. P. (2009) Lifting the Veil on a “Dark Age”: Ta‛yinat and the North Orontes Valley During the Early Iron Age. Pp. 171-184 in Exploring the Longue Durée: Essays in Honor of Lawrence E. Stager, ed. D. Schloen. Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns.Harrison, T. P. (2009) Neo-Hittites in the “Land of Palistin”: Renewed Investigations at Tell Ta‛yinat on the Plain of Antioch. Near Eastern Archaeology 72 (4):174-189.2008
Harrison, T.P. (2008) Amik Ovasi'ndaki Patina Geç Hitit Kralligi'nin Baskenti: Tayinat Höyüğü. Hatay 14: 18-22. [H. Pamir, Turkish translation]Janeway, B. (2008) The Nature and Extent of Aegean Contact at Tell Ta‛yinat and Vicinity in the Early Iron Age: Evidence of the Sea Peoples? Scripta Mediterranea XXVII-XXVIII: 123-146.Lipovitch, D. (2008) Modeling a Mycenaean Menu: Can Aegean Populations Be Defined in Near Eastern Contexts Based on Their Diet? Scripta Mediterranea XXVII-XXVIII: 147-159.2007
Batiuk, S. (2007) Ancient Landscapes of the Amuq: Geoarchaeological Surveys of the Amuq Valley: 1999-2006. Journal of the Canadian Society for Mesopotamian Studies 2:51-57.Harrison, T.P. (2007) Neo-Hittites in the North Orontes Valley: Recent Investigations at Tell Ta‛yinat. Journal of the Canadian Society for Mesopotamian Studies 2:59-68.2005
Batiuk, S., Harrison, T.P. and Pavlish, L. (2005) The Ta‛yinat Survey, 1999-2002. Pp. 171-192 in The Amuq Valley Regional Projects, Volume 1. Surveys in the Plain of Antioch and Orontes Delta, Turkey, 1995-2002, ed. K.A. Yener. Chicago: Oriental Institute, University of Chicago.Harrison, T.P. (2005) The Neo-Assyrian Governer’s Residence at Tell Ta‛yinat. Bulletin of the Canadian Society for Mesopotamian Studies 40:23-33.2001
Harrison, T.P. (2001) Tell Ta‛yinat and the Kingdom of Unqi. Pp. 115-32 in The World of the Arameans II: Studies in History and Archaeology of Paul-Eugène Dion, ed. P.M. M. Daviau, J. W. Wevers, and M. Weigl. Journal for the Study of the Old Testament Supplement 325. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press.Selected Presentations2010Batiuk, S. Seeing Through Silt: Results of Remote Sensing at Tell Tayinat.
The annual meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR) Saturday, 20 November 2010. Atlanta, GA..
TAYINAT ARCHAEOLOGICAL PROJECT: RECENT INVESTIGATIONS IN THE 'LAND OF PALISTIN'
Welton, L. Tell Tayinat During the Early Bronze Age: Results of the 2008-2010 Seasons
Janeway, B. The Early Iron Age at Tell Tayinat
Osborne , J. Spatial Analysis and the Nature of Political Authority in the Syro-Hittite City-State: the Evidence from Patina/Unqi
Lauinger, J. Cuneiform Texts from the 2009 Season at Tell Tayinat
Dessel, J.P. Late Iron Age Tayinat: The Field 5 Excavations
The annual symposium of The Canadian Society for Mesopotamian Studies / La Société canadienne des études mésopotamiennes, Saturday, 2 October 2010. Toronto, ON.
CROSSROADS OF CIVILIZATION: RECENT DISCOVERIES AT TAYINAT ON THE ORONTES
CARREFOUR DE CIVILISATIONS: RĖCENTES DĖCOUVERTES À TAYINAT SUR L‘ORONTE
Welton, L. Tayinat in the Late 3rd Millennium BC
Janeway, B. Sea Peoples and Neo-Hittites in the ‘Land of Palistin’
Harrison, T. Temples, Tablets and Assyrian Imperialism at Tayinat
Lauinger, J. Some Preliminary Thoughts on the Tablet Collection in Temple XVI, Jacob Lauinger, Johns Hopkins University
Batiuk, S. (2010) Forging Identity in the Dark: Understanding Early Iron Age State Regeneration at Tell Tayinat. Presented at the Dept of Near Eastern Studies. Johns Hopkins University.
Batiuk, S. (2010) New Material from the EB Levels at Tell Tayinat. Presented at ARCANE Northern Levant Regional Meeting. Florence, Italy.
Capper, M. (2010) The Palaeoethnobotanical Remains from Tell Tayinat. Presented at the ASOR Annual Meeting. Atlanta, GA.
Dessel, J.P. (2010) New Excavations at Tell Tayinat: An Iron Age Kingdom in Southeast
Turkey. Presented at the Department of Near Eastern Studies 2009-10 Colloquia. University
of Michigan Ann Arbor.Dessel, J.P. (2010) Tell Tayinat, Turkey: The Origins and Organization of Small-scale States in the Iron Age Levant. Presented at The Ancient Near East in the 12th-10th Centuries BCE: Culture and Histroy. University of Haifa.Harrison, T.P. (2010) Recent Discoveries at Tell Tayinat on the Orontes. Presented at 7ICAANE. Fieldwork and Recent Research. London, England.Janeway, B. (2010) Of Potters and Weavers: Intrusive Acculturation at Tell Ta‘yinat in the Early Iron Age. Presented at the International Archaeological Symposium. Nicosia, Cyprus.Lipovitch, D. (2010) A Preliminary Report on the Faunal Remains from the 2004-2009 Excavations at Tell Ta’yinat, Turkey. Presented at the ASOR Annual Meeting. Atlanta, GA.Osborne, J. (2010) Ancient Conceptions of Political Territory: A View from the Iron Age Kingdom of Patina. Presented at the American Research Institute of Turkey. Ankara, TurkeyOsborne, J. (2010) The State and its Region in Past and Present: Territoriality in the Iron Age Kingdom of Patina. Presented at Bilkent University. AnkaraRoames, J. (2010). The Early Iron Age Metal Workshop at Tell Tayinat, Turkey. Presented at the Materials Research Society Meeting, Boston, MA. (awarded Best Student Paper in Archaeological Science for Symposium WW)Roames, J. (2010). Why Iron Was Used in the Early Iron Age. Presented at the Graduate Student Symposium of the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations. University of Toronto.2009
Batiuk, S. (2009) The Tell Tayinat Excavations 2007–2009. Presented at the ASOR Annual Meeting. New Orleans, LA.Roames, J. (2009). The Early Iron Age Metal Workshop at Tell Tayinat, Turkey. Presented at the ASOR Annual Meeting. New Orleans, LA.Roames, J. (2009) The Metal Workshop at Tell Tayinat, Turkey. Presented at the World of Iron Conference. Natural History Museum in London, England.2008Janeway, B. (2008) Tell Ta‘yinat: Seventy Years of Finds from a Neo-Hittite Capital in Eastern Turkey. Presented at the AIA Regional Meeting. University of Akron, OH.
Janeway, B. (2008) What’s in a Face? A Painted Sherd from Tell Ta‘yinat in the Tradition of Mycenaean Pictorial Vase Painting. Presented at the ASOR Annual Meetings. Boston, MA.
Roames, J. (2008) Forging Fer-ness: The Impact of Iron on the Near Eastern Proletariat. Presented at the Graduate Student Symposium of the Department of Near and MiddleEastern Civilizations. University of Toronto.Roames, J. (2008) The Metal Industry in the Northern Levant during the Early Iron Age. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Archaeological Association. Trent University.2007
Dessel, J.P. (2007) New Excavations at Tell Tayinat: An Iron Age Kingdom in Southeast Turkey. Presented at the East Tennessee Chapter of the AIA. Knoxville, TN.Janeway, B. (2007) Dating the Early Iron Age at Tell Ta‘yinat, Turkey: Preliminary Results from Ceramic Analysis. Presented at the ASOR Annual Meetings. San Diego, CA.Osborne J. (2007) Excavations at the Aramean Capital of Kunalua in the Plain of Antioch. Presented in the Harvard Semitic Museum Lecture Series. Harvard University.Roames, J. (2007) The State of Metalworking in Syria during the Early Iron Age. Presented at the Graduate Student Symposium of the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations. University of Toronto.
Janeway, B. (2006) The Nature and Extent of Aegean Contact at Tell Ta‘yinat and Vicinity in the Early Iron Age: Evidence of Sea Peoples? Presented at the ASOR Annual Meetings. Washington, D.C.Osborne J. (2006) The Archaeology of the Amuq in the Iron Age: Ethnicity in a Cultural Crossroad. Presented in the Harvard University Archaeology Wing Seminar Series. Harvard University.
Selected PostersDeng, D., Khaled, K., LeBlanc, P., Lee, J., Nizami, R., Pascua, D., Bank, C. (2010) Geophysical Investigation at an Archaeological Site by Magnetometry and Resistivity: Tell Ta'yinat, South Eastern Turkey. Presented at the Ottawa Undergraduate Research Poster Competition (OURPC). Ottawa, ON.Capper, M. (2010) "In Their Words: Using Ancient Written Sources to Interpret the Palaeobotanical Remains of
Tell Tayinat, Turkey". Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Ethnobiology. Victoria, BC. (co-recipient of the 2010 Best Ethnobiology Poster Award).Lumb, D., Roames J. Snow, H. and Welton, L. (2008) Tayinat Archaeological Project: Sea Peoples, Neo-Hittites, and Assyrians on the Plain of Antioch. Presented at the ASOR Annual Meeting. Boston, MA.