Historical Development of Settlements near Fallujah in the Light of Archaeological Evidence and Cuneiform Writing Sources


This study focuses on the historical development of urban settlements in the third millennium BCE, using archaeological evidence and sources of the Cuneiform Torah, and considers the importance of these centers to modern-day Fallujah. The history of Fallujah cannot be separated from the history of Mesopotamia. The area in which Fallujah is situated has seen a number of important settlements at different points in history, since man first came to the region, owing to its prime position at the juncture of internal and external transport routes in Mesopotamia and its involvement in the distribution of water through irrigation channels. The role of these early settlements was inherited by later cities, many of which have had a substantial political and economic impact on the history of Mesopotamia. This study was based on two hypotheses. The first concerns the siting of the settlements along transport routes, and the second concerns their establishment on the basis of irrigation canals and irrigation technology.

Keywords: Archaeological, Fallujah, Joha, Cuneiform, Settlements