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The Tell Fakhariya is located in Syria, near the Turkish border on the present commune of Ras-el-Ain. C. McEwan of the Oriental Institute of Chicago undertook excavations there year 1940. During 2006 and 2007, a German team, led by Dominik Bonatz and Peter Barti, took over the archaeological work. After the Byzantine layers, it is those of the end of the Bronze Age that have been reached, revealing an important hiatus of occupation. Seals and fragments of tablets have confirmed a date of the time of Tukulti-Ninurta I, during the 13th century BCE.

Near the Tell, in 1979, a farmer found a statue of Hadad-yith'i, which declares himself, in a bilingual Akkadian and Amaraïc inscription, "Governor of Guzana, Sikani and Zarani".

These discoveries make it probable the identification of the site to the ancient capital of the Mitanni: Assukanni. The tablets of Tell Chuerra mention Assukanni abundantly, located at one day of wagon from Harbe.

At the beginning of the second millennium, it is possible that this town is spelled "Azuhinum" by the translators of Mari's archives. 500 years earlier, Azuhinum is mentioned in the name of a year of Naram-Sin when the latter conquered Subartu cities.

In this hypothesis, Assukanni or Wassukanni would be a different city from Wassukanna which was located in Kizzuwatna.

 

 

 

 

 

 

My notes of veracity :

Tall Fahariya or Fekheriyeh was Sikanni during the last millennium BC: 4/5

Tall Fahariya or Fekheriyeh was Assukani during the late Bronze Age: 3/5

Tall Fahariya or Fekheriyeh was Azuhinum towards the beginnings of the Bronze Age: 2,5/5

Tag(s) : #Region: Mesopotamia, #Middle Assyrian Empire, #Kingdom:Mitanni, #Kingdom:Mari

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