The Neolithic Worked Bone Assemblage from Ulucak Höyük, Western Anatolia

Authors

  • Jarrad W. Paul University of Melbourne, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, Classics and Archaeology Department, Parkville, Australia
  • Coşkun Sivil Trakya University, Faculty of Letters, Department of Archaeology, Edirne, Turkey
  • Özlem Çevik Trakya University, Faculty of Letters, Department of Archaeology, Edirne, Turkey

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.4312/dp.49.10

Keywords:

Early Neolithic, Western Anatolia, animal bone artefacts

Abstract

In this investigation we detail the results of a systematic analysis of worked animal bone from Ulucak, one of the earliest Neolithic sites in western Anatolia. The collection exhibits a wide range of types, including points, needles, spatulas, bevelled tools, perforated objects, and other unique objects. A study of the raw material shows a preference for sheep and goat long bones, while large-sized animal rib bones were also utilized. Manufacturing techniques employed included splitting, grooving, and abrasion, while a contextual analysis of the material underscores an intricate connection with other objects made from stone and clay. Items found in buildings relate to textile, leather, and ceramic production, while personal ornaments may have played a part in abandonment rituals. Examination of this assemblage is understood as a common set of regional tool types with some localized variations.

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Published

15.09.2022

How to Cite

Paul, J. W., Sivil, C., & Çevik, Özlem. (2022). The Neolithic Worked Bone Assemblage from Ulucak Höyük, Western Anatolia. Documenta Praehistorica, 49, 2–13. https://doi.org/10.4312/dp.49.10

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