Barcın Höyük. Archaeological Investigations of a Neolithic Settlement (2007-2015)

Netherlands Institute in Turkey (Hollanda Araştırma Enstitüsü - NIT)

Tarih : 08-12-2016 13:00-17:00

This symposium presents the results of the excavations that took place at the Neolithic site of Barcın Höyük in the Yenişehir Valley between 2007 and 2015. The excavations aimed to find out more about the start of sedentary farming life in northwest Anatolia. Barcın Höyük belongs to the earliest agricultural settlements in the region, and now provides us with an uninterrupted sequence of occupation between 6,600 and 6,000 BCE. The indoor and outdoor settlement spaces and associated artifacts that the excavations have brought to light enable us to draw a new picture of the development of early Neolithic life in the region.

The four lectures in the symposium present ongoing research on a range of themes, based on the archaeological discoveries at Barcın Höyük, and highlight the collaborative and interdisciplinary nature of the project.

Opening remarks
Barcın Höyük: the story of a Neolithic village in the Marmara Region
Fokke Gerritsen & team members
Household activities and village life at Barcın Höyük: a micro-perspective
Rana Özbal & team members
Coffee break
Barcın Höyük and the “Dairy Diaspora”: pottery function and organic residues
Laurens Thissen & Hadi Özbal
Embodying life and identity at Barcın Höyük: evidence from beads and figurines
Emma Baysal, Ellen Belcher, Aysel Arslan & Ayşe Bursalı
Discussion & closing remarks

Registration is not required. Lectures are in English.

Following the symposium
Directly following the symposium at 18:00, Barbara Horejs (Vienna/Tübingen) will present the annual Winckelmann-Vortrag at the DAI-Istanbul, entitled Çukuriçi im Laufe der Jahrtausende: Vom neolithischen Pionier zum frühbronzezeitlichen Metallurgiezentrum. See the DAI’s Facebook page ( for more information and registration.