Site Mersin-Yumuktepe

Main Information
Site ID 530
Name of the site Mersin-Yumuktepe
Alias name Yumuktepe
Alternative name
District Mersin
Region Central Anatolia
Country Turkey
Period Anatolia Early Neolithic 7000 - 6600
Anatolia Middle Neolithic
Anatolia Late Neolithic 6600 - 6000
Anatolia Early Chalcolithic 6000 - 5500
Description This site lies on recent marine sediments about 4 km inland from the shore (present; in the Neolithic it was situated on the shore). There was no long-lasting occupation (except traces of Roman settlements on the surface), but it was a more permanent structure like Gözlükule. Micro-environment around Yumuktepe: segments of fossil river beds eastern of the site are the former course of the Müftü Deresi (now flows on opposite side of mound). On the side of the former river, terrace buildings and roads were established down to the water level in all periods --> therefore heavily eroded; This site dates between ca. 7000 and 4500 cal. BC (PPNC to Middle Chalcolithic)
Topography coast
Geographical Coordinate Reference System WGS84 - World Geodetic System 1984
Latitude 36.823960000000
Longitude 34.612400000000
Elevation None
Exact location yes
Coordinate source OREA
Number of activity periods 4
Location of the Site

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Areas in this Site
ID 659 settlement Anatolia Early Neolithic 7000 - 6600
ID 662 settlement Anatolia Middle Neolithic
ID 678 settlement Anatolia Late Neolithic 6600 - 6000
ID 679 settlement Anatolia Early Chalcolithic 6000 - 5500