Bronze & Iron Age Collection

The National Museum of Aleppo is home for some of the most important artifacts world wide dating back from the Bronze and Iron Age (3500 BCA till around 600 BCA). These were excavated from various locations on middle and upper Euphrates regions and the north of Syria in general. The collection comprises different size of sculptures, pottery, metalwork, jewelry, and inscribed tablets, which provided valuable insights into the political, economic, and cultural life of the region.


Featured Collection

  • Mari: The city flourished as a trade center and hegemonic state between 2900 BC and 1759 BC.[note 1] The city was purposely built in the middle of the Euphrates trade routes between Sumer in the south and the Eblaite kingdom and the Levant in the west.

  • Ugarit:  An ancient Mediterranean port city in northern Syria, it was discovered 1928 Ugarit had close connections to the Hittite Empire, and with Egypt, and maintained trade and diplomatic connections with Cyprus as shown in the city archives.

  • TELL CHUERA (تل خويرة) Originally occupied during the 4th millennium, Tell Chuera became a major site in the 3rd millennium during the Early Dynastic period. It reached its peak around 2350 BC and was then abandoned for reasons as yet unknown. A small settlement was built on the location by the Assyrians during the 2nd millennium. While the early name for the city is unknown, during Middle Assyrian times it was known as Harbe.

  • Tell Sabi Abyad: An archaeological site in the Balikh River valley in northern Syria. The site consists of four prehistoric mounds Extensive excavations showed that these sites were inhabited already around 7500 to 5500 BC, The earliest pottery of Syria was discovered here; it dates at ca. 6900-6800 BC, The site has revealed the largest collection of clay tokens and sealings yet found at any site,

  • Tell Halaf is the type site of the Halaf culture, which developed from Neolithic III at this site without any strong break. The Tell Halaf site flourished from about 6,100 to 5,400 BCE, a period of time that is referred to as the Halaf period. The Halaf culture was succeeded in northern Mesopotamia by the Ubaid culture. The site was then abandoned for a long period.

  • Tell Ain Dara: The Ain Dara temple is an Iron Age Syro-Hittite temple located near the village of Ain Dara, in Afrin, Syria. According to the excavator Ali Abu Assaf, it existed from 1300 BC until 740 BC

Excavation Site Locations