The Beginning of the Neolithic in Southeast Anatolia

Upper Tigris Basin

  • Necmi Karul Istanbul University, Department of Prehistory, Turkey
Keywords: PPNA, southeastern Anatolia, Upper Tigris Basin, Gusir Höyük, architecture


New research in southeastern Anatolia at Early Neolithic sites has brought a fresh perspective on the emergence of the Neolithic way of life in southwest Asia. In addition to providing more details on the transition to settled life, food production, and technological innovations, this more recent work has increased our understanding of both the time span and geography of the last hunter-gatherers and the earliest farmers in the wider region. Now the picture of the beginning of the Neolithic is more complex and fragmented. This complexity necessitates a multifaceted approach to the questions of the emergence of the Neolithic. In this regard, the data coming from Pre-Pottery Neolithic A sites in southeastern Anatolia, particularly in the Upper Tigris Basin, is remarkable. In this paper the transitional stage to the Neolithic in the region and new data from Gusir Höyük is discussed according to the architectural data.


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KarulN. (2020). The Beginning of the Neolithic in Southeast Anatolia. Documenta Praehistorica, 47, 76-95.