The mudbrick church in Area 3 will always remain outside of the
flood waters of the Middle Khabur Reservoir. Our excavation of the
ruined church was rescue archaeology because the surrounding landscape is
being intensively cultivated. Area 3 was surrounded by
uncultivated land during 1988, but that changed by 1990. Local farmers
used a bulldozer to construct a raised aqueduct
line adjacent to the ruins. They would have levelled the ruins
if we had not identified the low mound as a significant
archaeological feature. The intensity of cultivation has increased since the
reservoir began to fill.
Photographic credit: Professor David Hanlon, SLCC-MC
Last updated 26 February 2005.
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