The Earliest Architectural Remains in Anatolia

Author(s): Alper Basiran; Cevdet Merih Erek

Year: 2017


The occupation of man has played an important role on cultural innovation; at the same time this process has always been a requirement of daily life for generation continuity. Since the start of human life history, choosing of places for occupation species has had different features. For example, the cave or rock shelters were preferred by Paleolithic man and they have hot style caves and/or shelters due to the period; this developed in Pleistocene climatologic conditions that were cold because of glaciers on the earth. At that point, we have to take a look at the transitional periods such as the Epi-paleolithic. In 2016, different architectural remains obtained in Direkli Cave which is located on the slopes of Delihöbek Mountain in Central Taurus, Kahramanmaraş. Direkli Cave occupation has been described as part of the Epi-paleolithic period, and especially by Natufian Culture. Basically, Natufian culture contains pre-farming components such as geometric microliths, circular structures in caves (as in Hayonim Cave), axes and some traces of domestication. At that point, we can say that there are close relationships between settlement and/or occupational development and the origin of architecture in human life.

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The Earliest Architectural Remains in Anatolia. Alper Basiran, Cevdet Merih Erek. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 429200)

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min long: -11.074; min lat: 37.44 ; max long: 50.098; max lat: 70.845 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 16712