Excavations at the relatively small, but strategically placed site of Hirbemerdon Tepe, located along the west bank of the upper Tigris river in modern southeastern Turkey, have yielded significant results. During the Middle Bronze Age (MBA, 2000-1600 B.C.E.), the site was situated in an ecologically stratified landscape including river terraces suitable for agriculture, as well as forested uplands ideal for pastoral and hunting activities. A significant result of the excavations was a well-preserved architectural complex with associated ritual artifacts on the northern side of the High Mound. This report describes and situates this MBA site within its geographic, cultural, and ecological context in order to examine the emergence of this small regional center and investigate the role of ritual activities in the development of socially integrated communities in the frontier zone of northern Mesopotamia during the beginning of the second millennium B.C.E.

Ritual and Identity in Rural Mesopotamia: Hirbemerdon Tepe and the Upper Tigris Region during the Middle Bronze Age

LANERI, NICOLA GIOVANNI;
2015

Abstract

Excavations at the relatively small, but strategically placed site of Hirbemerdon Tepe, located along the west bank of the upper Tigris river in modern southeastern Turkey, have yielded significant results. During the Middle Bronze Age (MBA, 2000-1600 B.C.E.), the site was situated in an ecologically stratified landscape including river terraces suitable for agriculture, as well as forested uplands ideal for pastoral and hunting activities. A significant result of the excavations was a well-preserved architectural complex with associated ritual artifacts on the northern side of the High Mound. This report describes and situates this MBA site within its geographic, cultural, and ecological context in order to examine the emergence of this small regional center and investigate the role of ritual activities in the development of socially integrated communities in the frontier zone of northern Mesopotamia during the beginning of the second millennium B.C.E.
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