The Iron Age on the Central Anatolian Plateau

Lisa Kealhofer and Peter Grave

in The Oxford Handbook of Ancient Anatolia

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780195376142
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The Iron Age on the Central Anatolian Plateau

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This article presents data on the Iron Age of central Anatolia. After describing the geographical context of the Anatolian plateau, it outlines advances and constraints in the development of a regional chronological framework. The current understanding of the Iron Age is then explored based on recent excavations of Iron Age levels at four sites: Gordion, Boğazköy, Kaman–Kalehöyük, and Çadır Höyük. Recent work at Kerkenes Dağ and Dorylaion/Eskişehir, as well as regional surveys, provide some additional shape to this still-fragmentary picture. The evidence from the sites suggests occupational continuity following the collapse of the Hittite Empire, despite indications of significant socioeconomic and political changes.

Keywords: Anatolian plateau; Gordion; Boğazköy; Kaman–Kalehöyük; Çadır Höyük

Article.  12606 words. 

Subjects: Archaeology ; Archaeology of the Near East

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