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Investigating the Late Prehistoric (6500-2400 BC) socio-economic landscapes in the Burdur Plain, SW Turkey

Author(s): Ralf Vandam ; Peter Tomkins ; Bert Neyt ; Becki Scott ; Patrick Degryse

Year: 2016

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A diachronic intensive survey in the Burdur Plain, carried out by the Sagalassos Archaeological Research Project, revealed that the excavated mound sites, such as Hacılar and Kuruçay Höyük, were no isolated features in the landscape, but part of a large settlement system of both shorter lived hamlets and small villages. The paper presents our survey results from the Neolithic to the Early Bronze Age II period (ca. 6500 – 2400 BC), alongside our outcomes of the provenance analyses (i.e. petrography and p-XRF) of the collected survey artefacts, as well as those from the excavated sites: ceramics, obsidian and metals. This approach would allow us to shed a light on production, exchange networks, and the continuity and change within this period. Furthermore, it is aimed to link the provenance results with the societal developments within the Late Prehistory. How, for instance, did production and exchange relate towards the increasing complexity during the Late Chalcolithic and Early Bronze Age in West Anatolia? The paper also hopes to illustrate the value of a provenance analysis on surface survey material, despite the limitations that it inherently has


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Investigating the Late Prehistoric (6500-2400 BC) socio-economic landscapes in the Burdur Plain, SW Turkey. Ralf Vandam, Peter Tomkins, Bert Neyt, Becki Scott, Patrick Degryse. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 404579)


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min long: 25.225; min lat: 15.115 ; max long: 66.709; max lat: 45.583 ;

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America