In the undulating plains of north-eastern Syria is the site of Tell Barri, identified with the city of Kahat. The archaeological sequence which has been brought to light stretches without interruption from the start of the third millennium up to the fourteenth century AD. This report illustrates the results of the twentieth excavation campaign, carried out by the group from the University of Florence and from the "Federico II" University of Naples.
In Area G, the excavation of the chapel dating to the third millennium proceeded along with that of the palace of the Mid Assyrian King Adadnirari I; three coeval tombs were discovered, two with lavish furnishings. In Area J, the exploration of the Assyrian palace of Tukulti-Ninurta II was continued. As regards the Parthian phase, investigation has proceeded on the Great Defensive Wall in Area E and of the residential section in Area H.
The text, prepared for printing in July 2005, was published following the tragic death of Paolo Emilio Pecorella, which took place on 29 August in Tell Barri in the course of the excavation campaign.
University of Florence, Italy
Paolo Emilio Pecorella is Full Professor of Archaeology and Art History of the Ancient Near East at the University of Florence. Having graduated under Giovanni Pugliese Carratelli in Ancient History of South-west Asia at the University of Florence, he also studied at the Italian School of Archaeology in Athens, was Inspector in charge of the Oriental Section at the Etrurian Antiquities Commission, and a researcher at the Institute for Mycenaean, Aegean and Anatolian Studies of the CNR. He taught Near-Eastern Archaeology at the Eastern University Institute in Naples and from 1984 in Florence. He carried out excavations and reconnaissance surveys in Greece, Turkey, Iran and Cyprus. From 1980 to 2005 he directed the Italian Archaeological Mission at Tell Barri in Syria.
Raffaella Pierobon Benoit is Associate Professor of Archaeology and Roman Provincial Antiquities at the "Federico II" University of Naples. Having graduated under Achille Adriani in Greek and Roman Archaeology and History of Art at the University of Naples, she was a student at the Italian Archaeological School in Athens, and Assistant in Greek and Roman History at the "Federico II" University of Naples. She has carried out excavations and archaeological reconnaissance surveys in Italy, France, Turkey and Jordan. From 1990 she was the Vice-Director of the Tel Barri excavation, taking over the management of the same in 2006.