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Title: New Considerations and Revelations regarding the Anthropomorphic Clay Figurines of Alişar Höyük
Author(s): MARTINO, Shannon
Volume: 40 Date: 2014
The site of Alişar Höyük in north central Anatolia has long been known to be one of great importance as well as a site riddled with chronological issues, especially regarding its early periods. Given recent reconsiderations regarding the dating of the site as well as my own examination of the site’s finds in the collection of the Oriental Institute new insights about the site’s place in interregional networks have come to light. A classification of the figurines from Alişar Höyük and their relationship to contemporary figurines forms the basis of this work. Several figurines that have never before been published or in some cases even inventoried are included in this analysis. Because so many sites have been excavated in Turkey and neighboring countries since the excavation of Alişar Höyük, this reconsideration of the site’s figurines is due. We can now illustrate the extensive nature of networks that ran through Alişar Höyük from its earliest levels. These networks spanned from southeast Europe to central Anatolia and beyond and seem to show that, culturally, Alişar Höyük was initially oriented to the west and north, particularly to southeast Europe and northern Anatolia, and only later began to develop traditions unique to the site and/or central Anatolia.