Current Excavations

The University of Chicago's Neubauer Expedition has now completed seven excavation seasons at Zincirli, in the summers of 2006 to 2012. The Expedition has excavated a total of 5,000 square meters to date, revealing the latest phases of occupation in several different areas of the site. More field seasons are planned in order to achieve large horizontal exposures in the Iron Age lower town and deep stratigraphic soundings in the upper mound, extending down to the Middle Bronze Age and Early Bronze Age levels of the site.

The results so far have been excellent, with a number of significant discoveries that add substantially to what the German expedition learned about ancient Sam’al more than a century ago. The full publication of these finds will appear in a series of final report volumes to be published by the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago.

Aerial photo of current excavation areas at Zincirli