at the time of Hammurabi, ca. 1792 - 1750 BC
(modern Khirbit ed-Diniye, Iraq) was an ancient Near East city on the
middle Euphrates about 90 kilometers southeast of Mari.
While the site of Haradum was occupied earlier, being mentioned in texts
from Mari, it did not grow into a proper town until the 18th century
BC under the control of the First Dynasty of Babylon. The earliest dated
record is from the 26th year of King Samsu-iluna of Babylon. Tablets
from the reign of Abi-eshuh, Ammi-ditana, Ammi-saduqa, and Samsu-Ditana
have also been found at Haradum. The town of Haradum was destroyed during
the reign of Samsu-Ditana.
Haradum is noted for being one of the
earliest examples of a planned city, with a square layout and straight
The site of Haradum is small, about 1.5 hectares in area. It was excavated
for six seasons in the 1980s by a team from the Délégation
Archéologique Française en Iraq led by Christine Kepinski-Lecomte.
The work was a salvage operation in response to dam construction.