Unearthing the Past at Ancient Harran and the Wells of Paddan-Aram

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By: Minna Silver

Many know Harran from the biblical story of Abraham and his family’s wanderings. Today the huge tell of Harran, the mound of the ancient city, measures over one kilometre across and is surrounded by ancient walls. Harran lies in southeastern Turkey, near the city of Urfa, in the midst of large green fields irrigated by waters diverted from the Euphrates River, which flows to the west. The Syrian border is just 16 km away.

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