The Mozan/Urkesh Archaeological Project


The excavation of Urkesh at Tell Mozan
started in 1984
and through the year 2003 there have been 16 seasons of excavation
Excavations are carried out under a permit from, and with the collaboration of,


The Directorate General of Antiquities and Museums,
The Ministry of Culture,
The Syrian Arab Republic


The expedition is under the aegis of
IIMAS - The International Institute for Mesopotamian Area Studies

with the participation of the
Deutsche Orient-Gesellschaft


The Urkesh website is hosted by
The Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA


Faculty and students from the following institutions have participated in the excavations:

The Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA
The University of California, Los Angeles
California State University, Los Angeles
Harvard University
Eberhard-Karls-Universitńt, TŘbingen
UniversitÓ La Sapienza, Roma
UniversitÓ Ca' Foscari, Venezia
UniversitÓ degli Studi, Firenze
UniversitÓ degli Studi, Trieste
FacoltÓ di Teologia di Lugano
Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles
L'Opificio delle Pietre Dure, Firenze
Laboratori di bio-archeologia, Musei Civici di Como


Funding has been provided over the years through various grants from the following:

The National Endowment for the Humanities
The National Geographic Society
The Ambassador International Cultural Foundation
The Catholic Biblical Association
The Samuel H. Kress Foundation
The Ahmanson Foundation
The L. J. Skaggs and Mary C. Skaggs Foundation
Syria Shell Petroleum Development B.V.


Conservation and restoration has been supported through special grants from

The Samuel H. Kress Foundation


Publication of the excavation reports had benefitted from special funds from


Neutrogena Corporation
The Cotsen Family Foundation
The Gustav E. von Grunebaum Center for Near Eastern Studies, UCLA
The Council on Research of the Academic Senate, UCLA


A permanent Endowment has been established
to which participate a number of


Urkesh Founders

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