The Neolithic on the Plateau

Mihriban Özbaşaran

in The Oxford Handbook of Ancient Anatolia

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780195376142
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

The Neolithic on the Plateau

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This article compiles data on the ninth-to-sixth-millennium-BCE communities of the central Anatolian plateau, underscoring the distinctive features of each of them in chronological order and deliberately avoiding the traditional phase terminology of the Neolithic. The data presently display local adaptations of central Anatolian Neolithic communities to their diverse habitats. In the ninth and early eighth millennia BCE, sedentism and a heavy reliance on naturally occurring resources constituted the way of life on the plateau. Full farming villages developed toward the second half of the eighth millennium, and settlements with specialized objectives seem to have been established in the seventh millennium. Although the picture was surely not that simplistic or linear, the article provides an overall look at the neolithization of the plateau.

Keywords: Anatolian plateau; neolithization; sedentism; sedentary communities; Neolithic communities

Article.  11190 words. 

Subjects: Archaeology ; Archaeology of the Near East

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