By Antonio Sagona, Paul Zimansky
Scholars of antiquity usually see historic Turkey as a bewildering array of cultural complexes. old Turkey brings jointly in a coherent account the various and infrequently fragmented proof, either archaeological and textual, that varieties the root of our wisdom of the improvement of Anatolia from the earliest arrivals to the tip of the Iron Age.
Much new fabric has lately been excavated and in contrast to Greece, Mesopotamia, and its different neighbours, Turkey has been poorly served by way of entire, updated and available discussions of its historic prior. historical Turkey is a far wanted source for college kids and students, offering an updated account of the frequent and wide archaeological task in Turkey.
Covering the whole span sooner than the Classical interval, absolutely illustrated with over a hundred and sixty photos and written in energetic prose, this article will be loved by way of someone attracted to the archaeology and early heritage of Turkey and the traditional close to East.
'a well-written and easy-to-read quantity that each scholar and pupil of old Anatolia should have on their bookshelf.' – Claudia Glatz, Bulletin of the yankee colleges of Oriental Research
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1995a). 12 1 Rock painting from the Cave of Maidens, near Van. 2 Rock face with engravings from Çamılı, in the Kars province (adapted from Belli 2003b; Photo: Antonio Sagona) 32 PA L A E O L I T H I C A N D E P I PA L A E O L I T H I C chambers, both are decorated, Chamber 2 more so, with ceilings heavily blackened from soot. Wild goats and deer are the most commonly depicted animals across sweeping panels; they are well executed, often with a narrow midriff. Humans, both male and female, are generally smaller in size, schematically rendered and usually with their arms outstretched above their heads as if dancing.
15 Arsebük et al. 1992; Stiner et al. 1996. 16 Kuhn 2003; Kuhn et al. 1996. 17 Kökten 1955; Otte et al. 1995a; Otte et al. 1995c. 18 Otte et al. 1998: table 1. 19 Otte et al. 1995c. 20 López Bayón 1988. 21 Runnels 2003. 35 PA L A E O L I T H I C A N D E P I PA L A E O L I T H I C 22 Bar-Yosef 1994; Ljubin and Bosinski 1995. 23 Kuhn 2002: 202; Tas¸ kıran 1998; Yalcınkaya 1981. 24 Runnels 2003. Güven Arsebük (Istanbul University) led investigations at Yarımburgaz Cave, whereas Hallam Movius, an American archaeologist based at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology at Ethnology, was a specialist on Palaeolithic Europe.
The Karain fossils not only attest the presence of Neanderthals in Anatolia around 250,000–200,000 years ago, well before they reached the Levant (123,000–120,000 years ago), but also suggest that they migrated from Europe when the glaciers had reached their maximum extent during the Oder stage (oxygen isotope stage 8). Nearly 20,000 mammalian bone fragments were recovered, but only about 15% could be identified. Even so, the Karain faunal record is noteworthy. 5 Middle Palaeolithic stone tools from Karain Cave, Levels F and I (adapted from Otte et al.