Habuba Kabira: Reconstruction of Building H
About the project

Habuba Kabira is situated in modern Syria and covers an area of about 600 x 170m. The trading post of the Uruk Period lasted for about 100 years and is now flooded by the Assad dam. Building H is situated in Area 3 in the northeastern corner of the city. It covers an area of about 500m² and is therefore one of the largest buildings in Habuba Kabira. The building is dated into the second half of the fourth millennium BCE.

Building H consists of several rooms arranged around a central court. On its eastern side, a whole Middle Hall building is attached and part of the complete layout. South to the building, a street was discovered.

The reconstruction is based solely on the preliminary reports by E. Strommenger and D.R. Frank and is therefore only a preliminary result. The final publication of the architecture in Habuba Kabira is currently under way and will be published by Kay Kohlmeyer. After the publication, the model of Building H will be revised and modified. A comparison between the model of the final publication and the model of the preliminary publication will then be discussed.

Literature
Frank, D.R./Ludwig, W. 1973: Ḥabuba Kabira zur Zeit der frühen Schriftkulturen. Architektur, in: Heinrich, E. et al. (Hrsg.) Vierter vorläufiger Bericht über die von der Deutschen Orient-Gesellschaft mit Mitteln der Stiftung Volkswagenwerk in Ḥabuba Kabira und in Mumbaqat unternommenen archäologischen Untersuchungen, MDOG 105, 11-20.

Frank, D.R. 1975: Versuch zur Rekonstruktion von Bauregeln und Maßordnung einer nordsyrischen Stadt des vierten Jahrtausends - Untersucht anhand von Grabungsergebnissen der Deutschen Orient-Gesellschaft in Ḥabūba Kabīra - Ernst Heinrich zum 75. Geburtstag, in: MDOG 107, 7-16.

Strommenger, E. 1980: Habuba Kabira. Eine Stadt vor 5000 Jahren, Mainz am Rhein.

Project
3D visualisation, scientific reconstruction, infographics
Client
Prof. Dr. Ricardo Eichmann, Oriental Institute, German Archaeological Institute (DAI), Berlin
Status
Completed in 2014
Backside of the reconstruction of Building H in Habuba Kabira. In the front, the Middle Hall part of the building is visible.
Detail view of Building H in Habuba Kabira. The unroofed courtyard was equipped with a fireplace.