Urkesh overview
Modern name(s) Tell Mozan
Region Mesopotamia
Section Upper Mesopotamia
Latitude 37.05697991 N suggest info
Longitude 40.99693874 E
Status Accurate location
Info Urkesh was founded during the fourth millennium BCE possibly by the Hurrians on a site which appears to have been inhabited previously for a few centuries.

Urkesh was an ally of the Akkadian Empire through what is believed to have been a dynastic marriage tradition. Tar'am-Agade the daughter of the Akkadian king, Naram-Sin, is believed to have been married to the king of Urkesh. During the early second millennium BCE the city passed into the hands of the rulers of Mari, a city a few hundred miles to the south. The king of Urkesh became a vassal (and apparently an appointed puppet) of Mari. The people of Urkesh evidently resented this, as the royal archives at Mari provide evidence of their strong resistance; in one letter, the king of Mari tells his Urkesh counterpart that "I did not know that the sons of your city hate you on my account. But you are mine, even if the city of Urkesh is not." In the middle of the millennium, Tell Mozan was the location of a Mitanni religious site. The city appears to have been largely abandoned circa 1350 BCE, but the reason for this is unknown to archaeologists at this time.
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37.056980, 40.996939 === 37.056980 N, 40.996939 E === 37° 3' 25.1" N, 40° 59' 49.0" E
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Nearest sites Tilkitepe, circa 7.9 km (4.9 mi) north-west
Kara Tepe, circa 9.3 km (5.8 mi) south-west
Amudehüyügü, circa 10.1 km (6.3 mi) north-west
Dara, circa 14.2 km (8.8 mi) north
Mahirja, circa 14.7 km (9.2 mi) south
Arab, circa 9.7 km (6 mi) west
Tell Arbid, circa 20.6 km (12.8 mi) south
Sughana Fawqani, circa 14.3 km (8.9 mi) south-west
Sughana Tahtani, circa 15.5 km (9.7 mi) south-west
Ashnakkum, Chagar Bazar, circa 22 km (13.7 mi) south-west
Nasibina, Nisibis, Nusaybin, circa 19.7 km (12.2 mi) east
Tell Muhammad Kabir, circa 22.6 km (14.1 mi) south-east
Azam Foqani, circa 22.7 km (14.1 mi) south-west
Nabula, Nawali, Girnewas Höyügü, circa 21.4 km (13.3 mi) east
Tell Karm, circa 21.6 km (13.4 mi) west
Taidu, Taite, Tell Hamidiya, circa 30.6 km (19 mi) south-east
Ortaköy Höyügü, circa 26.6 km (16.5 mi) north-west
Tell Maaz, circa 35.4 km (22 mi) south-east
Kahat, Tell Barri, circa 37.2 km (23.1 mi) south
Nagar, Tell Brak, circa 43.7 km (27.1 mi) south
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Database ID 180, created 29 Jul 2008, 11:24, Last changed 17 May 2012, 17:17