Tell Aran

Tell Aran (Arabic: تل عرن; also spelled, Tell Arn; ancient Arne) is a Kurdish-majority town[2][3][4] in northern Syria, administratively part of the al-Safira District of the Aleppo Governorate, located southeast of Aleppo close to Sabkhat al-Jabbul. Nearby localities include Tell Hasil, al-Nayrab and Tell Shughayb to the northwest and al-Safira to the southeast. According to the Syria Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), Tell Aran had a population of 17,767 in the 2004 census.[1] The town is famous for its grapes, vineyards and gardens.[5]

Tell Aran

تل عرن
Tell Aran
Coordinates: 36°7′23″N 37°20′13″E
Country Syria
 (2004 census)[1]
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)


The archaeological mound is the largest tell in the Aleppo region[6] and measures around 30 metres (98 ft) in height and 150 metres (490 ft) in width. It is believed to be the site of the ancient Iron Age settlement of Arne.[7] Arne was first inhabited by the Arameans,[8] and served as the first royal capital of the Aramaean kingdom of Bet-Gus.[7] The kingdom of Bet-Gus stretched from the Azaz area in the north to Hamath in the south,[9] and was established by Gus of Yahan in the 9th-century BCE.[10]

In Assyrian records, the city is observed as the seat of Arame, son of the founder of the kingdom. It was sacked by the Assyrian king Shalmaneser III in 849 BC during one of his campaigns in the west, as attested by a bronze band found at Balawat. After the city's sacking, Arpad (modern Tell Rifaat) became the capital of the kingdom of Bet-Gus.[7] The modern site still contains the remains of massive mud-brick walls measuring 20 metres (66 ft) in width. Excavations at the site produced pottery corresponding to human occupation during the Iron Age II, but not Iron Age I. Tell Aran is also possibly the site of a major battle between the Egyptian king Thutmose III and a Mitannian army which ended with a crushing defeat to the king of Mitanni.[8]


  1. General Census of Population and Housing 2004. Syria Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). Aleppo Governorate. (in Arabic)
  2. Spyer, Jonathan (15 August 2013). "Al-Qaida battles Kurds in Syria". Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 7 December 2016.
  3. Nasro, Jan (18 October 2015). "ISIS jihadists pound Kurdish town near Aleppo, casualties reported". ARA News. Retrieved 7 December 2016.
  4. van Wilgenburg, Wladimir (11 August 2013). "US Condemns Jihadist Attacks on Syrian Kurds". Al-Monitor. Retrieved 7 December 2016.
  5. Le Strange, 1890, p. 542.
  6. Lipiński, 2000, p. 208.
  7. Bryce, 2009, p. 64.
  8. Lipiński, 2000, p. 198.
  9. Lipiński, 2000, p. 99.
  10. Lipiński, 2000, p. 195.


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