Beginnings and development of metallurgy and issues of provenance in Anatolia

Contact: Prof. Dr. Ünsal Yalçin

Since 2009 we have been working on a DFG-funded project on the early mining industry and early metallurgy in Anatolia.

Sampling and Geochemical Characterizations

Within this framework, we have taken samples and carried out geochemical characterizations in most of the districts with mineral deposits in Anatolia. We have also been able to examine a some prominent metal objects from various find sites: these include the metal objects from the early Bronze Age royal tombs of Alacahöyük, the Neolithic copper beads from Tepecik and Cappadocia, and the early silver objects from Ege Gübre, near Izmir (from the 5th millennium BC).

Focus for the Next Three Years

The rich finds of metal objects from Ikiztepe on the Black Sea Coast, Başurhöyük in eastern Anatolia, or the silver objects found in Cappadocia are the focus of the investigations planned for the next three years. Other find complexes can be added to these. The analyses are to be carried out in the framework of master’s/PhD/post-doc programmes.