Tell Qaramel is located in western Syria, ca 25 km to the north of Aleppo, on the western bank of the Queiq River valley (fig. 1). Excavations of a Syrian-Polish archaeological expedition, co-directed by Prof. R. Mazurowski and Dr B. Jamous (superseded by N. Awad, T. Yartah, Y. Al-Dabti and Dr Y. Kanjou), started there in spring of 1999 and were conducted till 2011. Although the site is mostly renowned for its early Neolithic settlement, it also yielded remnants of later occupation, dating up to the Hellenistic period.
Map of northwestern Syria showing location of the sites mentioned in the text
© D. Ławecka
During the field seasons of 2000 and 2001, an undisturbed layer of Early Bronze IV date resting directly on Pre-Pottery Neolithic remains was explored in trench K5 (fig. 2). The pottery assemblage presented below comes for the most part from two structures: Locus 12 and Locus 6, the latter just partly explored (fig. 3).