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Vegetation History and Archaeobotany

, Volume 10, Issue 1, pp 23–32 | Cite as

Charcoal analysis and the reconstruction of ancient woodland vegetation in the Konya Basin, south-central Anatolia, Turkey: results from the Neolithic site of Çatalhöyük East

  • Eleni Asouti
  • Jon Hather

Abstract.

The results produced by charcoal analysis are used in conjuction with pollen evidence, geomorphological data and ecological analogues, in order to reconstruct ancient woodland vegetation in the Konya Basin and its surroundings during the Neolithic. Emphasis is placed on the structure, diversity and seasonal habit of different vegetation types, as well as their potential response to natural and/or anthropogenic disturbance. It is argued that such an approach to vegetation reconstruction enables better insights into palaeoenvironments as experienced by human groups in the past, and thus offers fruitful avenues for investigating the relationship of human societies with the natural environment.

Key words: Archaeobotany – Charcoal analysis – Anatolia – Neolithic – Turkey 

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • Eleni Asouti
    • 1
  • Jon Hather
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Archaeology, University College London, 31–34 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PY, UKGB

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