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G. Buccellati, 2006
Updated July 2017, L. Recht
The Royal Palace
The Royal Palace of Urkesh was identified with certainty during the 1999 excavations, although excavations had already started in previous seasons. It is located in area AA and includes several a Royal Storehouse where significant glyptic material was discovered. The palace was used by King Tupkish and Queen Uqnitum. At a later time, Tar'am-Agade, the daughter of Naram-Sin resided there, possibly married to the king. The palace attests to the importance of Urkesh in the second part of the third millennium B.C. and greatly contributes to our knowledge of Hurrians and their interaction with Mesopotamia.
The palace extends north and east (up and right) - at least twice as much as what is exposed today.
The two images below show details of the stone paved courtyard and the high section (center of picture).