Area 26

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Area ID 26
Site Demirköy
Area type settlement
Area NR
Period Anatolia: Pre-Pottery Neolithic A
Dating method material culture
Radiocarbon dated no
Earliest date: Lab Number OxA 12488
Earliest date: 14C age (BP)
Earliest date: Calibration no
Earliest date: 14C age calibrated (BC)
Earliest date: Date of calibration None
Earliest date: Standard deviation 50
Earliest date: Delta 13C None
Earliest date: Dated by
Latest date: Lab Number
Latest date: 14C age (BP)
Latest date: Calibration None
Latest date: 14C age calibrated (BC)
Latest date: Date of calibration None
Latest date: Standard deviation None
Latest date: Delta 13C None
Latest date: Dated by
Period Reference Rosenberg, M., Demirköy, 2007, Istanbul
Rosenberg, M.; Peasnall, B. L., A Report on Soundings at Demirköy Höyük: An Aceramic Neolithic Site in Eastern Anatolia, 1998,
Comment Two very early 10th millennium BP (see above, and OxA 12489: 9890 +/- 45) (uncalibrated accelorator dates; Oxygen isotope analyses) on seeds recovered from flotation yielded dates.
Settlement type tell
Settlement structure
Settlement building type
Settlement building shape
Settlement building technique
Settlement archaeological features
Cave/rockshelters type None
Cave/rockshelters: Evidence of graves/human remains
Cave/rockshelters: Evidence of occupation
Quarry exploitation type None
Quarry raw material
Cemetery/graves topography
Cemetery/graves mortuary features
Grave: number of graves 8
Grave type pit grave
Grave: type of human remains inhumation
Grave: estimated number of individuals 6
Grave: age groups adult
Grave: sexes sex not specified
Grave: number of female sex None
Grave: number of male sex None
Grave: number of not specified sex 6
Grave: disturbance of graves none recorded
Description A total horizontal area of ca. 75m² was exposed by the soundings that probed the identifiably stratified Neolithic deposits. Other than fleeting traces of what may have been a very badly weathered, lightly burned low mud feature of indeterminated, vaguely semi-circular configuration (ca. 2m in maximum diameter) and a number of burials (see also Demirköy - cemetery/graves), the only recongnizable stratigraphic features encountered in the soundings were a series o fthin broken plaster surfaces that alternated with equally thin, softer, ashy midden deposits. This absence of identifiable structural features may be a product of the small horizontal exposure. However, it seems as likely to be a product of the fact that all that remains of the site is its far western skirt, and that those parts of the site on which structures may have once stood had been washed away by the Batman Stream in the past. The dates confirm that the occupation of Demirköy immediately follows the abandonment of Hallan Cemi and likely represents a relocation of the Hallan Cemi community down river.
Location of the Site

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Interpretations related to this Area
Interpretation ID 40