The earliest excavated levels, up to now, date to the Late Calcholithic 2 period, by the end of the 5th millennium BCE. Several occupational phases, mostly showing features related to domestic functions, have been uncovered. Houses are characterised by the presence of courtyards around which several rooms are built. A kitchen, identified by the presence of a domed oven, sometimes accompanied by hearths, and grinding equipment for cereal processing, is always found.

Traces of painted plaster have been found on some of the houses’ mud-brick walls. Pottery related to those levels shows parallels with similar cultural material from south-eastern regions (Gaziantep and ‘Amuq).

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