Ilipinar: A Neolithic Settlement in the Eastern Marmara Region

Jacob Roodenberg

in The Oxford Handbook of Ancient Anatolia

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

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 Ilipinar: A Neolithic Settlement in the Eastern Marmara Region

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This article discusses findings from excavations at Ilıpınar, whose environment was advantageous for an economy based on crop cultivation and stock breeding. Founded at the start of the sixth millennium BCE as a settlement with a handful of houses centered around a spring, it gradually expanded into a village covering one hectare until it was deserted 500 years later. Afterward the mound was used as a burial ground in the second quarter of the fourth millennium BCE (Late Chalcolithic), the second quarter of the third millennium BCE (Early Bronze Age), and in the sixth–seventh centuries CE (Early Byzantine). Moreover there were traces of ephemeral habitation during these intervals. The total occupation deposit measured more than seven meters, the total surface nearly three hectares.

Keywords: excavations; archaeological sites; crop cultivation; stock breeding; settlements

Article.  6375 words. 

Subjects: Archaeology ; Archaeology of the Near East

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