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Ebla

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Author(s): Archi, Alfonso
[German Version] (modern Tell Mardikh). A Bronze Age site of 56 ha located nearly 60 km south of Aleppo. The town's development peaked in the Early Bronze IV A (Mardikh IIB 1, c. 2400–2350 bce). Dating from this period is the Royal Palace G, excavated for nearly 2400 m2, which should have occupied a large part of the acropolis. The main archive, with originally some 2500 tablets, was preserved close to the Court of Audience, as well as an archive of 242 texts concerning foodstuffs consumed at the court. A second flourishing period was Mardikh IIIA-IIIB (c. 2000–1600 bce). In …