chapter  16
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The environs of Tell Brak, northeastern Syria

Tell Brak is situated in an extensive area of alluvial and colluvial Quaternary silts and sandy silts derived from the calcareous mountains of southern Turkey at the confluence of Wadis Radd and Jaghjagh in the Khabur basin of northeastern Syria (Figure 15.1). It has a Mesopotamian steppe vegetation (Zohary 1973), with Mediterranean brown soils or calcic xerosols, or semiarid soils with weak horizon development and a lower horizon of calcium carbonate enrichment (Courty 1994).