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Title: Tuttul  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Mari, Syria, Terqa, Royal Palace of Mari, Sumu-Epuh, Statue of Iddi-Ilum
Collection: Archaeological Sites in Ar-Raqqah Governorate, Ar-Raqqah, Bronze Age Sites in Syria, Mari, Syria
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Euphrates • Terqa • Tuttul
Royal Palace
Yaggid-Lim • Yahdun-Lim
Zimri-Lim (Queen Shibtu)
Investiture of Zimri-Lim
Statue of Ebih-Il
Statue of Iddi-Ilum

The Bronze Age town of Tuttul is identified with the archaeological site of Tell Bi'a in Ar-Raqqah Governorate, northern Syria. Tell Bi'a is located near the modern city of Ar-Raqqah and the confluence of the rivers Balikh and Euphrates. During the Middle Bronze Age (c. 2000-1600 BCE), Tuttul was city sacred to the god Dagan, worshipped across the Ancient Near East. However, the settlement at Tell Bi'a had been occupied since the mid-3rd millennium BCE.[1] This town has sometimes also been called the "Northern Tuttul" with reference to an implied "Southern Tuttul", which was possibly located on the Iraqi Euphrates between the ancient cities of Mari and Babylon. However, this is a debated issue.[2] The identification of the so-called "Southern Tuttul" with modern Hit is uncertain, as Hit is referenced to several times in the Mari archives via its modern name.[3]


  1. ^ Akkermans, Peter M. M. G.; Schwartz, Glenn M. (2003), The archaeology of Syria. From complex hunter-gatherers to early urban societies (ca. 16,000–300 BC), Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 255–256,  
  2. ^ Astour, M.C. (2002), "A reconstruction of the history of Ebla (Part 2)", in Gordon, C.H.; Rendsburg, G.A., Eblaitica: Essays on the Ebla archives and Eblaite language, Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns, pp. 57–195,  
  3. ^ Malamat, Abraham (1998), Mari and the Bible, Leiden: Brill, p. 92,  

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