Archaeological site in Syria excavated in 1974–5. Many thousands of cuneiform texts were discovered written in a language which resembles Hebrew. They give important information about the Near East in the years 2400–2250 BCE, showing that there was a high degree of urban civilization in Canaan before Abraham migrated from Haran (Gen. 12: 4). But the supposed allusions to people and places in the Hebrew Bible have not withstood closer scrutiny.