Published online by Cambridge University Press: 30 April 2022
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.