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Tells, ground and graves
BELGIUM, 2009, 28'
  by AGON - Friday, 25 November 2011

The archaeological remains in the Asiatic Near East have the form of a mound and are called “tells” in Arabic. These hills are the result of an accumulation of remains in the area, due to the use of a particular building material, the mudbrick.
The tell of Chagar Bazar could have remained unknown to the public if it hadn’t been excavated in 1930’s by the English archaeologist Sir Max Mallowan, who was accompanied by his famous wife, the novelist Lady Agatha Christie. The excavations at Chagar Bazar started again in 1999 from the Archaeological Mission of the University of Liege in Syria, under the supervision of professor Önham Tunca and in collaboration with the General Directorate of Antiquities and Museums of Syria.
This mission brought to light two important sites: the first is dated from the historical babylonian period an the second from the, so called, “Halaf” period.
The film gives the viewer a taste of the archaeologists’ everyday life and work in a site barely known to the public.


Director: DANIEL BAY
Producer: LIEGE UNIVERSITY