Prehistoric Anatolia and the Archeology of Warfare

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By: Stephanie Selover, PhD Candidate, the University of Chicago


Stephanie excavating at Marj Rabba, Israel

My dissertation project centers on the study of evidence of warfare from Chalcolithic to Early Bronze Age Central and Southeastern Anatolia.  To date, research on the subject of warfare in the Ancient Near East in general and Anatolia in particular has been largely limited to overviews that include the entirety of the Ancient Near East and go into few details.  These include Roper’s “Evidence of Warfare in the Near East from 10,000-3,400 BC (1975), Ferrill’s The Origins of War (1985), Hamblin’s Warfare in the Ancient Near East to 1600 BC (2006) and Gat’s War in Human Civilization (2006).  Indeed, many such reviews of ancient warfare compile all of human existence from the Upper Paleolithic (100,000 BC) to the start of the Late Bronze Age (1300 BC) into a single chapter (e.g. Ferrill 1985: Chapter 2; Hackett 1989: Chapter 1).  Commonly, these studies lead off with the assumption that the origins of warfare start at some point in the ancient Near East then spread elsewhere (Ferrill 1985, Kelly 2000: 2; Vencl 1984).  (more…)

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2 Comments for : Prehistoric Anatolia and the Archeology of Warfare
    • Tom Brennan
    • January 10, 2013

    Dear Stephanie,

    Wishing you success in your dissertation. Excellent works in the bibliography. I am planning to do my PhD online with (associated with Trinity Southwest University, in NM). My proposal will be on trades and agriculture in Biblical Times (Abraham to 1st century). Warfare (in regard to horses and mules) will be a segment. I am studying the tribal/warrior mindset versus the army (levies or standing armies). The warrior mindset involves a serious difference in tactics and perception of success (honor as opposed to a group/political victory). Somehow Custer vs Sitting Bull will enter the subject matter. I will follow your progress with your enterprise.


    Tom Brennan

    • Sergey
    • January 13, 2013

    Very interesting aspect of archaeology! I'm also recommend to note on so called Liventsovskaya Fortress which was excavated by S.N. Bratchenko. This fortress situated on the right bank of Don river near Rostov-on-Don city (Russia). Fortress was destroyed in Middle Bronze Age and there are found a lot of flint arrowheads in the walls of fortress:) Very interesting object and good example for your work

    Telizhenko Sergii

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