The Development of Hunting and Early Herding Strategies in Neolithic Central Anatolia: Boncuklu Höyük and Can Hasan III as Case Studies

Location BIAA, 154 Atatürk Bulvarı, and online

Date and time Tuesday 25 April 2023
16:00 - 17:30 (London GMT)
19:00 - 20:30 (Ankara UTC+3)

Speakers Özlem Sarıtaş

Event Summary

The development of caprine and cattle herding and suid husbandry in central Anatolia is a long and potentially complex process, for which the settlements of Pınarbaşı, Boncuklu Höyük and Can Hasan III have a crucial role. Cattle, caprines (sheep-goat) and suids were important to central Anatolian Neolithic communities, and their earliest management is a matter for debate. While the 10th-9th millennium cal BC, Pınarbaşı indicate a high proportion of caprines, the 9th-8th Millennium Boncuklu Höyük reveals a community of farmers who cultivated wild and domestic plants and utilised various hunted animals, including a high proportion of cattle and pig. The Can Hasan III sequence commences approximately 100–200 years after the end of the Boncuklu sequence, thus, making it vital for understanding the development of caprine herding and possibly early cattle management. Although there is a significant increase in caprine exploitation, compared to Boncuklu, Can Hasan III would span this critical period of economic transition. This talk will present the combination of all zooarchaeological analyses for Boncuklu Höyük and Can Hasan compared to Pınarbaşı. 

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Event Speakers

Özlem Sarıtaş


Özlem Sarıtaş obtained her BA from Istanbul University. Upon completing her undergraduate studies, she was accepted to the MA programme in Prehistory at the same university. During her master’s studies, she received a research grant from Ludwig Maximillian’s University in Germany for two months in München. After the conferral of her MA from Istanbul University, she qualified for a Turkish Ministry of Education scholarship in 2014, to pursue a second MA at the University of Sheffield. In 2018, she was awarded the Andrew Sherratt Fund from the University of Sheffield and did an internship at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC. She completed her PhD at the University of Liverpool in 2022 and was a visiting researcher at UCL for two years. During this time, she has also been involved with archaeological projects related to zooarchaeological analysis in Turkey and Jordan. She has presented her research at numerous international conferences and published several articles, and the results from her PhD will soon be submitted for publication.