Paleolithic occupations of the Göllü Daʇ, Central Anatolia, Turkey

Steven L. Kuhn, Berkay Dinçer, Nur Balkan-Atli, Mehmet Korhan Erturaç

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Systematic archaeological surface reconnaissance of the Göllü Dag? volcanic complex from 2007 to 2012 documented more than 230 findspots with Paleolithic artifacts, ranging from isolated finds to extensive and dense scatters of artifacts. Most of the activities represented relate to exploitation of the rich obsidian resources in the region. Paleolithic artifacts are attributed mainly to the Middle Paleolithic based on the presence of Levallois technology but there is a substantial Lower Paleolithic component represented by handaxes and other large bifacial tools. Upper and Epipaleolithic sites and artifacts are scarce or absent in the survey sample. The distributions of handaxes and Levallois elements differ substantially, reflecting differences in site preservation and exposure as well as organization of prehistoric activities. Multiple variants of Levallois are represented but centripetal preferential and unipolar flake production dominate. The frequent co-occurrence of different Levallois forms suggests flexible reduction strategies. Distributions of different classes of artifact across the survey area indicate that the Middle Paleolithic occupations of Göllü Dag? were not entirely oriented toward workshop activities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)581-602
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Field Archaeology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2015


  • Anatolia
  • Archaeological survey
  • Levallois
  • Obsidian
  • Paleolithic

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Archaeology
  • Archaeology


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