The early bronze age Çadır höyük Metals in the Context of Central Anatolian Metallurgy [VIDEO]

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Every year at the ASOR Annual Meeting, the Projects on Parade Poster Session takes place. It’s an ideal opportunity to see the types of projects (both field and publication) that ASOR members are involved with. At the 2013 ASOR Annual Meeting,  Stefano Spagni (Sapienza - Università di Roma, Roma, Italy) presented his poster, “The early bronze age Çadır höyük Metals in the Context of Central Anatolian Metallurgy.”

Spagni’s poster abstract from the 2013 ASOR Annual Meeting program book.


Stefano Spagni standing near his poster at the 2013 ASOR Annual Meeting.

The Early Bronze Age metal artefacts of Çadır Höyük are few in number but extremely important to define and complete the picture of the metal production in Central Anatolia. The categories present in the site so far are tools and ornaments; interestingly, we can notice an early use of tools that are not represented in Central Anatolia in that interval of time or in most of Eastern Anatolia—where they spread out in the EBA II. The presence of a nail, some awls and a couple of rings (though coming from mixed contexts) attests that metal is very important for practical activities. At the same time, ornaments whose features well match the general typology of metal types for the area are well represented and add important data about the diffusion of metal types in Anatolia. While some types of pin are typical of central Anatolia, others are comparable with items from the Black Sea region and Cilicia, from eastern Anatolia and the Van region (together with some more from the Kura Araks culture) and from the Middle Euphrates area. All the objects suggest a deep knowledge of metal for the metalsmiths of Çadır; if produced in situ, the copper laminae could provide further evidence.

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