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In the 14th century BCE, during his Syrian wars, the great Hittite king Suppiluliuma has faced a coalition of Niya and Arahati. After asserting his power over Arahati, destroying the city, he captured his king, Akiya.

Has this name, pronounced "Arakti", a relationship with the Egyptian god Re-Harakti? It is very difficult to establish it, the only common point is the rather hot desert climate, under the sunlight.

The phonetic is my main criterion of link between the city of Arahati and tell Al-Rawda.

Since 2002, the tell Al-Rawda was the subject of archaeological excavations by a French-Syrian multidisciplinary team under the joint leadership of Corinne Castel from the CNRS and Nazir Awad, Director of Heritage and Historic Monuments of Syria. It turns out that the ancient city was founded around 2500 BC to be abandoned three hundred years later. But a village, whose seniority was not appreciated, still occupies part of the tell, which leaves the possibility of a reoccupation to the 2nd millennium, the same as what was found on the tells nearby.

Excavations have shown that there was a cult of standing stones in Syria to the beginning of the Bronze Age.

This city is probably designated Harruwâtum in the archives of Mari: in XIV51, there is talk of a slave trader called Napsiya native of this city.

The two cities of Niya and Arahati were neighbors geographically.


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My notes of veracity :

Arahati, or Harruwâtum, was the Tell Al-Rawda : 3/5

Tag(s) : #Empire of the Hittites, #Region: Mesopotamia, #Kingdom:Mari, #Kingdom: Niya

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