digplanet beta 1: Athena
Share digplanet:


Applied sciences






















This article is about a type of archaeological site. For other uses, see Tell (disambiguation).
View of Tell Barri (northeastern Syria) from the west
View of the Citadel of Aleppo (northern Syria), built on top of a tell occupied since at least the third millennium BC

A tell or tel, (from Hebrew: תֵּל,[1] Arabic: تَل‎, tall)[2] is a type of archaeological mound created by human occupation and abandonment of a geographical site over many centuries. A classic tell looks like a low, truncated cone with a flat top and sloping sides.[1]


View of an excavation area at Tell Barri (northeastern Syria). Note the person standing in the middle for scale.

A tell is a hill created by many generations of people living and rebuilding on the same spot. Over time, the level rises, forming a mound.[3] The single biggest contributor to the mass of a tell are mud bricks, which disintegrate rapidly. Excavating a tell can reveal buried structures such as government or military buildings, religious shrines and homes, located at different depths depending on their date of use. They often overlap horizontally, vertically, or both. Archaeologists excavate tell sites to interpret architecture, purpose, and date of occupation. Since excavating a tell is a destructive process, physicists and geophysicists have developed non-destructive methods of mapping tell sites.[4]

List of tells[edit]


  1. ^ a b Archaeology of Palestine, Art of Excavating a Palestinian Mound, William Foxwell Albright, 1960, p. 16
  2. ^ Kirkpatrick, E. M. (1983). Chambers 20th Century Dictionary (New ed.). Edinburgh: W & R Chambers Ltd. p. 1330. ISBN 0-550-10234-5. 
  3. ^ "Amateur Archaeologists Get the Dirt on the Past", New York Times
  4. ^ Data analysis of tell sites

Original courtesy of Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tell — Please support Wikipedia.
This page uses Creative Commons Licensed content from Wikipedia. A portion of the proceeds from advertising on Digplanet goes to supporting Wikipedia.
1000000 videos foundNext > 

TELL (A Short Film by Ryan Connolly)

Get the digital copy. Higher quality, the shooting script and over 1 hour of special features!: http://triune-store.myshopify.com/collections/films/products/...

livetune feat. 初音ミク 『Tell Your World』Music Video

Music Video Director : wakamuraP x fantasista utamaro x TAKCOM ※このMusic Videoを鑑賞する際は、部屋を十分に明るくし画面から離れてご覧下さい。 ※When you watch the Music Clip, Please see the s...

Things Girls Only Tell Their Best Friends

Please subscribe to my channel and my vlog channel! I make new videos here every Wednesday and make vlogs during my majestical daily life. JennaMarbles JennaMarblesVlog Facebook: http://www.fac...

Google Hangout (stuff to tell you!)

On Friday 1st of August at 4.30pm EST I'm going to be doing a Google hangout where I'll be announcing a few things that are happening soon that I'm excited about! See you guys there so I can...

Destiny's Endgame Raids Only Playable With Friends, Don't Tell You Where to Go - GS News Update

Bungie has revealed some of their plans for high-level Destiny players who have completed the main campaign, including MMO-style raids. Follow Destiny at GameSpot.com http://www.gamespot.com/desti...

Bachelorette Andi Men Tell All - Top 5 Moments

Bachelorette Andi Men Tell All Episode Top 5 Moments. Andi Dorfman kisses too many guys, Chris Harrison Lie Detector results and racist comments. ▻ http://bi...

Tell us MORE !!!

BlackGryph0n & Baasik - Tell Me

One of the Five new songs from our new album; IMmortal! Get the song here: http://blackgryph0n.bandcamp.com/track/tell-me Or get the entire 12 track album here: http://blackgryph0n.bandcamp.com/alb...

Things Winemakers Won't Tell You

What goes into your glass of Pinot? Food coloring, weird additives, and a 400% markup. MarketWatch's Catey Hill explains secrets of the trade on Lunch Break with Tanya Rivero. Photo: Getty...

Rizzle Kicks - Tell Her

The new single "Tell Her" is available to pre-order on iTunes now! http://po.st/TellHerYT Follow Rizzle Kicks: Spotify http://po.st/RizzlesSpotify Website ht...

1000000 videos foundNext > 

27143198 news items

NPR (blog)

NPR (blog)
Fri, 01 Aug 2014 04:03:45 -0700

After seven years, NPR's Tell Me More is going off the air on Friday. The final program can be heard on member stations and will be live-streamed on this page, beginning at 11 a.m. ET. It will include the show's popular Barbershop roundtable, a ...

The Globe and Mail

The Globe and Mail
Fri, 01 Aug 2014 02:11:15 -0700

The best of the web on money, markets and all things financial, as chosen daily by Globe and Mail personal finance columnist Rob Carrick. The four numbers that tell if you're financially healthy. Your credit score, your retirement savings and more. Why ...
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:45:00 -0700

Employers can tell workers they should stop asking for more money and be happy they have a job. As a result, real buying power has fallen as the prices of staples, such as food and energy, have risen. The danger for the economy: As consumers' budgets ...
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 14:19:44 -0700

A former Taco Bell manager with a 27-year history with the company is now suing her former employers, claiming that she was fired for not engaging in racist hiring practices. Juanita O'Connell stated in court that during the course of her employment as ...


Fri, 01 Aug 2014 02:00:00 -0700

But after a second alarm the next day, July 8—almost a month after three Israeli teens were kidnapped, on June 12, and later found dead, setting off an escalation of tensions and violence—the show's producers decided to break the rules and tell the ...
Deseret News
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:15:00 -0700

In 1956, a teenage Richard Muow committed a major violation against his Evangelical faith: He snuck off to a movie theater to see John Huston's “Moby Dick.” “Evangelicals have long been hostile toward Hollywood. I was raised in a world where you just ...

The Guardian

The Guardian
Fri, 01 Aug 2014 04:37:30 -0700

Welcome to the first in a series of open threads for the bored desk-bound worker on a hot summer day. Share your pet peeves. bored office workers. What do you want to tell this guy? Photograph: Tim Garcha/zefa/Corbis. Friday 1 August 2014 07.45 EDT ...
Herald Sun
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 23:13:03 -0700

In an interview that will air this Sunday, Mr Soteriou said he didn't know how to tell his twins about their mother's killer intentions. The couple also have another daughter, aged 18. “I haven't yet. They have actually asked me where their mother is ...

Oops, we seem to be having trouble contacting Twitter

Talk About Tell

You can talk about Tell with people all over the world in our discussions.

Support Wikipedia

A portion of the proceeds from advertising on Digplanet goes to supporting Wikipedia. Please add your support for Wikipedia!