Anatolia as a bridge from north to south? Recent research in the Hatti heartland

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2007
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Zimmermann, T.
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Anatolian Studies
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0066-1546
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Cambridge University Press
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57
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65 - 75
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English
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This paper aims to reappraise and evaluate central Anatolian connections with the Black Sea region and the Caucasus focusing mainly on the third millennium BC. In its first part, a ceremonial item, the knobbed or 'mushroom' macehead, in its various appearances, is discussed in order to reconstruct a possible pattern of circulation and exchange of shapes and values over a longer period of time in the regions of Anatolia, southeast Europe and the Caucasus in the third and late second to early first millennium BC. The second part is devoted to the archaeometrical study of selected metal and mineral artefacts from the Early Bronze Age necropolis of Resuloǧlu, which together with the contemporary settlement and graveyard at Kalinkaya-Toptaştepe represent two typical later Early Bronze Age sites in the Anatolian heartland. The high values of tin and arsenic used for most of the smaller jewellery items are suggestive of an attempt to imitate gold and silver, and the amounts of these alloying agents suggest a secure supply from arsenic sources located along the Black Sea littoral in the north and probably tin ores to the southeast of central Anatolia. This places these 'Hattian' sites within a trade network that ran from the Pontic mountain ridge to the Taurus foothills.

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