Evolution of the architectural plans of the Assyrian palaces in Syria, the example of Arslan Tash: A comparative study

  • The Assyrian kings established their palaces in the cities and capitals they occupied in western Mesopotamia to be a symbol of sovereignty, political, military and economic centre to follow up the affairs of the new provinces and a temporary centre for the establishment of the king and his family during the military campaigns. What is important to us in this study is the study of the origins and evolution of Assyrian palaces in Syria, and thus the study of the palace of Arslan Tash as a model of the Assyrian palaces in Syria, which was built after the Assyrian invasion of the Aramaic cities scattered in Syria to serve as a military base and palace of the Assyrian king. And thus, to know the types of architectural place of Assyrian palaces in Syria, their patterns, and what changes have been made to them compared to Assyrian palaces in the Assyrian capital Nimrod. This palace was excavated in 1928 by Francois Dangan and was related to the ancient methods of excavation. This method left many mistakes, which give me the way for me to re-study this plan and its connections with the sequence of archaeological layers also in this Site. The main research questions we will address are:
  • 1 – What is the evolution that occurred in the planes of Assyrian palaces in Syria?
  • 2 – Has the Assyrian Palace Plan been clearly applied in Arslan Tash Palace?
  • 3 – The re-study of archaeological excavations that took place within this palace in 1928.
  • 4 – The study of the plane of Arslan Tash in a new way and through the re-study of the site through comparisons.

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