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1: G. Buccellati, June 2003

the Setting

     This section provides a non technical introduction aimed at the first-time visitor.
     The photo shows a general view of the modern site of Tell Mozan, with modern graves on its ridge (showing as white specks). The mountains Ȧ[{T#Th"sin are in the backround.
     Taken after a winter storm, the photo emphasizes the fact that the ample rainfall supports a rich farming economy – and it symbol`zes the blending of ancient and modern dimensions that confront us in our work.

Photo V12d5209 (A12.30) G. Gallacci

     The section on geography introduces the first time visitor to the landscape and the environment that conditioned the growth of ancient Urkesh and as is still operative today in }he plains of the Khabur where modern Tell Mozan is located.

     The history introduces the first time visitor to this broader ancient context Mesopotamian culture as a whole and as a backdrop for an understanding of the finds from Urkesh.