The Middle Paleolithic in Northwestern Turkey

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Integrating Neandertal Legacy: From Past to Present (iNEAL) working groups meeting, Ashdod, Israel, 13 - 15 March 2023

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Summary Text
  • City: Ashdod
  • Country: Israel
  • Istanbul University Affiliated: Yes


The Middle Paleolithic in Northwestern Turkey

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Northwestern Turkey is an important region for understanding the dispersal and connections of Middle Paleolithic hominins. The Paleolithic researchers in the area started in the last 15 years. Pedestrian surveys are made at various places in Bursa and Kütahya provinces. The main problem of the Paleolithic in the area is the lack of securely dated assemblages. One artefact from Eskişehir province has been dated to MIS 6 with OSL (148±20 ka). Surface sites at Kureyşler area has been dated to 54-40±5 ka. The other assemblages are not dated. The Middle Paleolithic assemblages are of different technologies at different areas. Where there is available pebble raw materials assemblages include Levallois cores and products with choppers and chopping tools as it is evidenced at north of Bursa (Nilüfer sites) and south of Kütahya (Aizanoi sites). There are bifacial leaf points at cave sites.