Interpretation 101

Main Information
Interpretation ID 101
Site Musular
Area ID 787 undefined
Finds ID 1888 botany
ID 1889 animal remains
ID 1890 lithics
Description This site is interpreted as a special activity site. No residential buildings or a wide variety of tools for various daily activities were found. Building A resembles Building T of Aşıklı greatly (plan, internal architectural features like benches, pits, post bases/holes, rectangular hearth, lime plastered floor with red paint; located at a distance from the other structures) The obsidian tools signify hunting and post-hunting activities in Musular. (dominant tools: scrapers, cutting tools, projectiles, blades); a use-wear analysis on the tools evidence hunting, on-site butchering and hide-processing. The faunal remains indicate that cattle was processed the most (hunted: aurochs) --> cattle had a significance for the Musular community. The architectural remains and other finds indicate that Musular was a specil activity site based on hunting, especially wild cattle. The cattle was probably first slaughtered at the hunting spot, where initial chopping took place. Then, the prey was brought onto the site to be butchered further. The meat was cut away from the bones and the hide, the hides were also processed here. Water was important for hide processing. It was probably provided through the channels. The use of red paint, that had a symbolic character, may suggest that certain rituals accompanying hunting took place in the special building A. Maybe Musular was used by the Aşıklı-community, but it is unknown if the two sites functioned contemporaneously, and two similar buildings at both sides had different purposes/rituals or served certain groups of the community. Possibly, the "special building" was moved to Musular during Level 1 of Aşıklı.
Production type
Subsistence type hunting