The Ottoman and 20th-Century Village of Jafrakani Kon: A Rescue Excavation in the Soran District (Iraqi Kurdistan)


  • Tobias Helms
  • Tim Kerig


Jafrakani Kon, building survey, rescue excavation, Iraqi Kurdistan


In this article, we discuss results of a building survey and a rescue excavation at the site of Jafrakani Kon (district of Soran, Khalifan sub-district, Iraqi Kurdistan). Archaeological field work at Jafrakani Kon aimed to record terraced grounds and other stone-built structures and to retrieve dating evidence from two test trenches. Most features and finds recorded on-site can be dated to the Late Ottoman/early post-Ottoman period. We also report the natural and oral history as far as it can be of use for interpreting the archaeological finds. The paper gives a summary of our findings (especially the Ottoman/post-Ottoman rural hand-made pottery) and provides an anchor point for future research in the region. We stress the importance of the archaeology of the more recent periods of Iraqi Kurdistan.


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Helms, T., & Kerig, T. (2018). The Ottoman and 20th-Century Village of Jafrakani Kon: A Rescue Excavation in the Soran District (Iraqi Kurdistan). Ash-Sharq: Bulletin of the Ancient Near East – Archaeological, Historical and Societal Studies, 2(2), 43–76. Retrieved from




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