Sites & cities that bear the name of Sikkan


Today in : Syrian Arab Republic
First trace of activity : ca. 24th century B.C.E
Last trace of activity : ca. 7th century B.C.E
Recorded names : Sikan, Tell Fekheriye, Tell el-Fakhariya, Tell Fecheriye, تل الفخيرية, Washukanni?, Waššukanni?

Description : Tell Fekheriye (often spelled as Tell el-Fakhariya or Tell Fecheriye, among other variants), is an ancient site in the Khabur River basin in the Al Hasakah Governorate of northern Syria. It is securely identified as the site of Sikkan, attested since c. 2000 BC. Sikkan was part of the Aramaean kingdom of Bit Bahiani in the early 1st millennium BC. In the area, several mounds, called tells, can be found in close proximity: Tell Fekheriye, Ra's al-'Ayn, and Tell Halaf, site of the Aramean and Neo-Assyrian city of Guzana. During the excavation, the Tell Fekheriye bilingual inscription was discovered at the site, which provides the source of information about Hadad-yith'i. In the early 20th century Tell Fekheriye was suggested as the site of Washukanni, the capital of Mitanni, but the claim is unconfirmed. Many scholars opposed this theory including Michael Roaf, Peter Akkermans, David Oates, Joan Oates and Edward Lipiński. The site of Tell Fekheriye was occupied as early as the Akkadian period. The limited excavations so far conducted have shown substantial developments in the Middle Assyrian, Mitanni and Neo-Assyrian periods.

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