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Title: The Context and Chronological Relationship of Middle Bronze Age Figurines at Alişar Höyük
Author(s): MARTINO, Shannon
Journal: Anatolica
Volume: 44    Date: 2018   
Pages: 213-228
DOI: 10.2143/ANA.44.0.3285055

Abstract :
The cult practices of the Hittites have long been of interest, particularly in terms of the bronze statues, stone reliefs, and iconic representation and discussion of the ritual feeding of the wooden, stone, or metal statue of a Hittite deity. Too often, scholarship overlooks religious and magical practices that involve the use of figurines in less precious materials, and therefore could have been practiced by more members of society than just the elite. Such practices are visible in the production of clay anthropomorphic figurines from Seyitömer in western Turkey to Alişar Höyük in central Turkey to Tell Mardikh in Syria; yet until now, these figurines have received little attention due to their crude and unstandardized manufacture and the lack of contextual information that often accompanies their publication. This paper begins to address this inconsistency by contextualizing the Middle Bronze Age figurines from the site of Alişar Höyük using a synthesis of findings from archival research and past publications, highlighting the value of examining the primary source materials of archaeology.

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