Informal (unplanned) settlements spread in the Ghouta, 1980s

Informal (unplanned) settlements spread in the Ghouta, 1980s

Raqqa, Tall Aswad, stucco

Raqqa, Tall Aswad, stucco

Tall al-Biʿa, view from afar

Tall al-Biʿa, view from afar

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

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

Tall Brak, general view of the main mound

Tall Brak, general view of the main mound

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 Aswad near Raqqa, view to an outbuilding of a farmstead

Tall Aswad near Raqqa, view to an outbuilding of a farmstead

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 - general view

Tall al-Biʿa – general view

Tall al-Biʿa at the confluence of Euphrates and Balikh rivers

Tall al-Biʿa at the confluence of Euphrates and Balikh rivers

Tall al-Biʿa, Ancient city of Tuttul

Tall al-Biʿa, Ancient city of Tuttul

Excavation work in Tall Brak

Excavation work in Tall Brak

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]

Raqqa - "East of Raqqa" site - Tall Aswad, excavation in 1985

Raqqa – “East of Raqqa” site – Tall Aswad, excavation in 1985

Raqqa, Tall Aswad, section drawing of a pottery kiln

Raqqa, Tall Aswad, section drawing of a pottery kiln

Raqqa - "East of Raqqa" site - Tall Aswad, excavation in 1985

Raqqa – “East of Raqqa” site – Tall Aswad, excavation in 1985

Tall Shaykh Hamad (Dur Katlimmu) - Excavations

Tall Shaykh Hamad (Dur Katlimmu) – Excavations

Tall Shaykh Hamad (Dur Katlimmu) - Excavations

Tall Shaykh Hamad (Dur Katlimmu) – Excavations

Tall Shaykh Hamad (Dur Katlimmu) - Excavations

Tall Shaykh Hamad (Dur Katlimmu) – Excavations

Tall Shaykh Hamad (Dur Katlimmu) - Excavations

Tall Shaykh Hamad (Dur Katlimmu) – Excavations

Tall Shaykh Hamad (Dur Katlimmu) - Excavations

Tall Shaykh Hamad (Dur Katlimmu) – Excavations

View to the excavation in Tall Shaykh Hamad in 1984

View to the excavation in Tall Shaykh Hamad in 1984

Raqqa - "East of Raqqa" site - Tall Aswad, excavation in 1985

Raqqa – “East of Raqqa” site – Tall Aswad, excavation in 1985

Raqqa - "East of Raqqa" site - Tall Aswad, excavation in 1985

Raqqa – “East of Raqqa” site – Tall Aswad, excavation in 1985

Excavation at Tall al-Biʿa, Ancient city of Tuttul

Excavation at Tall al-Biʿa, Ancient city of Tuttul

Tall al-Biʿa - Aerial photograph

Tall al-Biʿa – Aerial photograph

Village of Tall Hamidiyya with excavation house (left)

Village of Tall Hamidiyya with excavation house (left)

Near Tall Tamir, an Assyrian village, courtyard of a house with two later flattened domes of the original building

Near Tall Tamir, an Assyrian village, courtyard of a house with two later flattened domes of the original building

Village on western shore of Jabbul-Lake, dome houses with stone inlay on the top

Village on western shore of Jabbul-Lake, dome houses with stone inlay on the top