A knapping Area in an 8th Millennium BC building at Aşıklı Höyük, east Central Anatolia

Kayacan N., Algül G. Ç.

in: Near Eastern Lithic Technologies on the Move, Interactions and Contexts in the Development of Neolithic Traditions, Astruc L.,McCartney C.,Briois F., Editor, Aström Editions, Uppsala, pp.227-234, 2019

  • Publication Type: Book Chapter / Chapter Research Book
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Publisher: Aström Editions
  • City: Uppsala
  • Page Numbers: pp.227-234
  • Editors: Astruc L.,McCartney C.,Briois F., Editor
  • Istanbul University Affiliated: Yes


The process of tool production begins with the design of the intended product, and consists of several stages from raw material acquisition to use. The entire knapping sequence gives us clues about the preferences, gestures, and behaviours of the knappers, and thus, by extension of the wider society. From the analyses of the technologies employed, one can infer how past communities employed different solutions during the organization of production. Thus a contextual evaluation of chipped stone finds allows insights into the daily lives and socio-cultural aspects of past communities.

This article focuses on a knapping area excavated inside a building dated to the 8thmillennium BC at Aşıklı Höyük, a mid-9thand 8thmillennia BC settlement in east Central Anatolia. Chipped stone tools and debris from this knapping area belongs to two different modes of production and have been studied in terms of raw material preferences, technology, typology, and use-wear. The study aims to gain insights into the production aims, processes, knapping skills, transfer of know-how and spatial organization of the Aşıklı community.