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MARI ( TAL HARIRI )

120 km south of this town is the site of the Kingdom of  Mari (Tel hariri) ,  near Abu Kamal. This kingdom dates  back to the 3rd  millennium b.C.  It was  ruled by kings of the 10th dynasty after the flood. The discovery of mari (1932), like the recent discovery of Ebla (1975),  attracted the attention of archaeologists and researchers in various fields.

Twenty thousand tablets  with their  cuneiform inscription recount the political and diplomatic life in these kingdoms. Many of the remains and relics, statues, jewels, tablets and stamps are now at the Damascus, Aleppo, Deir al-Zor and Paris museums.

Another archaeological site is at the intersection of the  Euphrates and of the Khabur  near Mayadin (Tel al-Ashara) , where  the  ancient city  of Tarqa , the capital of the Khana kingdom , flourished in the 2nd millennium B.C.  after the fall of Mari.  The wall that surrounded the city is one of the most enormous of the ancient world; it had a diameter of 20m.

 
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