Geochemical Analyses to Make the Invisible More Concrete: Cycles of Building Use and Roof Hatches at the Early Neolithic Site of Aşıklı Höyük

Kalkan F., ÖZBAŞARAN M., Özbal R.

Journal of Field Archaeology, vol.49, no.5, pp.301-317, 2024 (AHCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 49 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2024
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/00934690.2024.2338621
  • Journal Name: Journal of Field Archaeology
  • Journal Indexes: Arts and Humanities Citation Index (AHCI), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, FRANCIS, IBZ Online, International Bibliography of Social Sciences, Periodicals Index Online, L'Année philologique, Anthropological Literature, Art Abstracts, Art Index, Art Source, Humanities Abstracts, Index Islamicus, MLA - Modern Language Association Database, Old Testament Abstracts Online, DIALNET
  • Page Numbers: pp.301-317
  • Keywords: Aşıklı Höyük, building biography, central Anatolian Neolithic, ICP-OES, materiality, sediment geochemical analyses, Use of space
  • Istanbul University Affiliated: Yes


This study focuses on understanding the use of space at Aşıklı Höyük in central Turkey through the geochemical analyses of five overlying floors of a quadrangular mudbrick building dating to the Pre-Pottery Neolithic Period. The research allows us to follow the process on a micro-scale, from the design and construction of the structure to its abandonment. We aim to perceive the role of plastered floors to gain insights into the producers and users of the building and those who kept it alive and maintained it. We will treat floors as one of the main actors of these spaces and zero in on entangled relationships by addressing a range of other aspects in the building. The analyses enable the identification of use patterns. Based on our results, we attempt to provide suggestions about the location of the roof hatches and hence the main access of the inhabitants to the external world.