Raqqa, Western Palace, aerial view of excavation site

Raqqa, Western Palace, aerial view of excavation site

Tall Brak (Nagar), ruins of Naram-Sin Palace, 3rd millennuim BC. [Original photo name: naram sin palace2]

Tall Brak (Nagar), ruins of Naram-Sin Palace, 3rd millennuim BC. [Original photo name: naram sin palace2]

Tall Brak (Nagar), ruins of Naram-Sin Palace, 3rd millennuim BC. [Original photo name: naram sin palace2]

Tall Brak (Nagar), ruins of Naram-Sin Palace, 3rd millennuim BC. [Original photo name: naram sin palace2]

Tall Brak (Nagar), ruins of Naram-Sin Palace, 3rd millennuim BC. [Original photo name: naram sin palace2]

Tall Brak (Nagar), ruins of Naram-Sin Palace, 3rd millennuim BC. [Original photo name: naram sin palace2]

Tall Brak, one of the earliest and largest cities in northern Mesopotamia during the 4th millennium BC [Original photo name:eye temple4]

Tall Brak, one of the earliest and largest cities in northern Mesopotamia during the 4th millennium BC [Original photo name:eye temple4]

Tall al-Biʿa, Ancient city of Tuttul

Tall al-Biʿa, Ancient city of Tuttul

Tall Brak, general view of the main mound

Tall Brak, general view of the main mound

Raqqa, Qasr al-Banat, clay decorations

Raqqa, Qasr al-Banat, clay decorations

General view of Tall Mardikh (Ebla)

General view of Tall Mardikh (Ebla)

Raqqa - "East of Raqqa" site - Tall Aswad - finds

Raqqa – “East of Raqqa” site – Tall Aswad – finds

Raqqa, Qasr al-Banat, Capital with plant motifs

Raqqa, Qasr al-Banat, Capital with plant motifs

Raqqa, Qasr al-Banat, courtyard with southern Iwan

Raqqa, Qasr al-Banat, courtyard with southern Iwan

Raqqa, Baghdad Gate (Bab) as seen from outside the fence

Raqqa, Baghdad Gate (Bab) as seen from outside the fence

Raqqa - finds discovered in the site "East of Raqqa", the Eastern Complex

Raqqa – finds discovered in the site “East of Raqqa”, the Eastern Complex

Two large reservoirs in the ruins of Kharab Sayyar

Two large reservoirs in the ruins of Kharab Sayyar

Stucco panels on the walls of an Abbasid building in Kharab Sayyar

Stucco panels on the walls of an Abbasid building in Kharab Sayyar

Hiraqla victory monument

Hiraqla victory monument

Raqqa - "East of Raqqa" site - Tall Aswad - finds

Raqqa – “East of Raqqa” site – Tall Aswad – finds

Raqqa - Qasr al-Banat - stone decorations

Raqqa – Qasr al-Banat – stone decorations

Protection of archaeological site of Mari (Tall al-Hariri) with temporary coverage

Protection of archaeological site of Mari (Tall al-Hariri) with temporary coverage

Remains of wall foundations, Kharab Sayyar

Remains of wall foundations, Kharab Sayyar

Hiraqla victory monument - Decorative stone panel

Hiraqla victory monument – Decorative stone panel

Isometrie of the Royal Palace G, Ebla (Tall Mardikh)

Isometrie of the Royal Palace G, Ebla (Tall Mardikh)

Ebla (Tall Mardikh), basalt basin was often used for the purposes of worship

Ebla (Tall Mardikh), basalt basin was often used for the purposes of worship

Fort V, Ebla (Tall Mardikh)

Fort V, Ebla (Tall Mardikh)

Eastern side of Damascus Gate, Ebla (Tall Mardikh)

Eastern side of Damascus Gate, Ebla (Tall Mardikh)

Damascus Gate on the south eastern side of the City Wall, Ebla (Tall Mardikh)

Damascus Gate on the south eastern side of the City Wall, Ebla (Tall Mardikh)

Mari (Tall al-Hariri), The Archive Hall in the Palace of Zimri lim

Mari (Tall al-Hariri), The Archive Hall in the Palace of Zimri lim

A side of the architectural remains, Mari (Tall al-Hariri)

A side of the architectural remains, Mari (Tall al-Hariri)

Remains of walls and pillars, Mari (Tall al-Hariri)

Remains of walls and pillars, Mari (Tall al-Hariri)