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Chapter 6 - A Conspectus on the Status of Tepecik-Çiftlik Excavation (Cappadocia)

Intersite and Regional Outcomes and Prospects

from Part II - Anatolia

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  30 April 2022

Peter F. Biehl
University of California, Santa Cruz
Eva Rosenstock
Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn
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Tepecik-Çiftlik, until now the only tell site excavated in volcanic Cappadocia, was occupied between the beginning of the 8th to the middle of 6th millennium and provides a profound amount of data for the Neolithic and early Chalcolithic periods. Rich and diverse environmental conditions allowed groups in this region to establish flourishing societies. Due to its location close to the Göllüdağ obsidian sources, the site seems to have played an important role in controlling the sources through production and exchange of raw materials and tools. These activities caused the appearance of extroverted and communicative societies, who had interests in and ties to distant territories, to “other worlds,” eventually culminating in a migration of parts of the society to territories situated in the north. To find out what was encouraging this migration, further research in volcanic Cappadocia will be crucial.

6000 BC
Transformation and Change in the Near East and Europe
, pp. 83 - 103
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2022

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