This Week in the Ancient Near East

Death on the Euphrates, or, a Kunga Line to Heaven?

June 14, 2021

Is the third millennium BCE burial mound at Tell Banat in north Syria a war memorial to the site’s defenders? What moves the living to take a random sample of human and animal bones and bury them in a mound that looms over their community? What is a kunga anyway and how does the modern sport of donkey basketball fit in? Our panelists are strangely eloquent, in an episode not to be missed.


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Pyramid-shaped mound holding 30 corpses may be world's oldest war monument