Beginnings and development of metallurgy and issues of provenance in Anatolia

Beginnings and development of metallurgy and issues of provenance in Anatolia

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

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.


Relevant sub-project

All that glitters is not gold: Research on early Bronze Age royal tombs of Alacahöyük


Project manager

Prof. Dr. Unsal Yalcin

Responsible body

Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum

Collaborators

Museen in der Türkei

Grabungsprojekte in der Türkei

Duration

2000 - 2018