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Connectivity on the Central Aegean coast of Western Anatolia in the 7th millennium BC

Publication date: Jan 20, 2014 3:03:22 PM

Start: Feb 6, 2014 5:00:00 PM

Location: Room 612, Institute of Archaeology

Dr Barbara Horejs

Barbara Horejs (Director, OREA, Institute for Oriental and European Archaeology, Austrian Academy of Science) will give a lecture at the Institute on 6 February.

Dr Horejs' lecture is entitled ‘Connectivity on the Central Aegean coast of Western Anatolia in the 7th millennium BC’ and all are welcome to attend.

Abstract

Different aspects of connectivity at the Central Aegean coast of Western Anatolia in the 7th millennium BC illustrate the complexity of networks in regional and interregional perspectives. The clustering of more or less contemporaneous sites in one region shows strong links in terms of technology, style, morphology, and, added to that, the way sources of supply are used in material assemblages. This allows a tentative, initial modelling of an “archaeological regional group” in the Pottery Neolithic period. The strong regional relationships have been argued not only from a material perspective but also on the basis of similar subsistence strategies of early farming and livestock communities.

The interpretation of the relations between this regional cluster at the Aegean-Anatolian interface with other areas also calls for discussion of the provenance and origin of objects, on the one hand, and the source of ideas and technologies on the other, in understanding speculative links in general. This approach forms the basis for taking the links of Çukuriçi Höyük to neighbouring regions as well as to the wider Aegean as a case study.

Any enquiries about the event may be directed to Stephen Shennan.