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Ritual in the landscape: evidence from Pınarbaşı in the seventh-millennium cal BC Konya Plain

  • Douglas Baird (a1), Denise Carruthers (a2), Andrew Fairbairn (a3) and Jessica Pearson (a1)

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Excavations in the rockshelter at Pınarbaşı, 24.5km south-east of Çatalhöyük, have brought to light a sequence of structures and a rich assemblage of animal bones, with some of the bones embedded in plaster objects. The authors argue for a strong link with Çatalhöyük, and propose a hunter-herder site operated by a close-knit group from that settlement, supplying meat to it, but practising their own up-country rituals — so providing a glimpse of the ‘lived landscape’.

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