Excavations at Zincirli


David Schloen, Oriental Institute
March 5, 2008
7:00 pm
Breasted Hall

Zincirli is a 40-hectare Bronze and Iron Age urban center located immediately to the east of the Amanus mountain range in Gaziantep province of southeast Turkey. Ceramics found by the early excavators reveal a long sequence of occupation in the Bronze Age, and a flourishing city-state ruled by Luwian and Aramaean kings after the collapse of the Hittite Empire. The Oriental Institute excavations at Zincirli allow us to investigate key research problems such as the Late Bronze-Iron Age transition, the ethno-linguistic dynamics of Neo-Hittite city-states, and Assyrian imperial administration. The data generated by the planned long-term excavations at Zincirli can make significant contributions to our understanding of the social, political, and economic organization of this pivotal region in the Bronze and Iron Ages. This lecture will be the first report on recent excavations at Zincirli and will showcase the finds of the 2007 season.

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