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Vegetation History and Archaeobotany

, Volume 11, Issue 1–2, pp 41–54 | Cite as

Macro-botanical evidence for plant use at Neolithic Çatalhöyük south-central Anatolia, Turkey

  • Andrew Fairbairn
  • Eleni Asouti
  • Julie Near
  • Danièle Martinoli
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Abstract.

Analysis of charred plant macro-remains, including wood charcoals, cereals, seeds, tubers and fruits from the Neolithic site of Çatalhöyük has indicated complex patterns of plant resource use and exploitation in the Konya plain during the early Holocene. Evidence presented in this paper shows that settlement location was not dictated by proximity to high quality arable land and direct access to arboreal resources (firewood, timber, fruit producing species). A summary of the patterns observed in sample composition and species representation is outlined here together with preliminary interpretations of these results within their broader regional context.

Key words: Archaeobotany – Landscape use – Anatolia – Neolithic – Turkey 

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrew Fairbairn
    • 1
  • Eleni Asouti
    • 2
  • Julie Near
    • 3
  • Danièle Martinoli
    • 4
  1. 1.School of Archaeology and Anthropology, A.D. Hope Building, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT 0200, Australia AU
  2. 2.Institute of Archaeology, University College London, 31-34 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PY, UKGB
  3. 3.Department of Anthropology, University of California at Berkeley, 232 Kroeber Hall, Berkeley California 94720, USA US
  4. 4.Universität Basel, Abteilung Archäobiologie/Archäobotanik, c/o Botanisches Inst., Schönbeinstrasse 6, 4056 Basel, SwitzerlandCH

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