Pathways to the Late Neolithic of Central and Western Anatolia

The Case Studies of Çukurİçİ Höyük and Çatalhöyük between 6500 and 6000 calBC


The sites of Çukuriçi Höyük and Çatalhöyük in Anatolia (© OREA)

The collaboration between the teams of Çatalhöyük and Çukuriçi Höyük of the Poznań University and the OREA Institute will focus on the period of the Late Neolithic in central and western Anatolia. The distinct dynamics between 6500 and 6000/5900 calBC will be analysed based on the two case studies and the already excavated, available and mainly unpublished data. The main questions of the joint approach are shifting connectivities and the specific kind of relations between central and western Anatolia to gain a broader contextualisation and historical narrative of these centuries. So far, the Late Neolithic developments in economies, technologies, subsistence strategies, raw material procurement, settlement systems, social structures and symbolisms have not been studied within a comparison approach of both regions. The collaboration project is focusing on these aspects of both case studies to aim new insights into the trajectories of the Late Neolithic period. Furthermore, the project will also explore the corresponding developments in neighbouring regions and multiscalar interactions between them and that of central and western Anatolia.

The project will be conducted in small-scale workshops held in Vienna and Poznań to offer a discussion platform for the experts and students of both teams. The results are planned to be published in joint papers in peer-reviewed journals and scientific presentations at international conferences, invited lectures, etc. The establishment of the first cooperation between the Çukuriçi and Çatal teams can additionally offer a fundament for third-party funding in the future.