This extraordinary structure outside the settlement of Tell Banat was a large funerary
monument. It held deposits of human and animal bones.

For more information, please see:

Th. McClellan, Tell Banat North: The White Monument. Subartu 4.1, 1998, 243-69.
A. Porter, The Dynamics of Death: Ancestors, Pastoralism, and the Origins of a Third
Millennium City in Syria. Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research 325, 2002, 1-36.
A. Porter, Communities in Conflict: Death and the Contest for Social Order in the Euphrates
River Valley. Near Eastern Archaeology 65.3, 2002, 156-174.