Examining Human-Environment Interactions in Prehistoric Anatolia through Mobility Studies

Location:Turkey

Year(s): 2018-2020

Research Fellow: Dr Benjamin Irvine

Funding: BIAA (Postdoctoral Fellowship)

Under BIAA SRI(s): 

  • Migration, minorities and regional identities

  • Climate change and the environment

  • Habitat and Settlement in prehistoric, historical and contemporary perspectives

Summary: This research project aims to examine human and animal mobility in 3rd millennium BC Anatolia and the interaction between movement and other aspects of society such as dietary habits and subsistence practices, trade and exchange, and social and political developments. The project will be bioarchaeological in its approach and will include human and faunal osteological, botanical, and stable isotopic and bio/geochemical analytical methods. There are proposed hypotheses about the existence and aetiologies of population replacements in certain areas, increased interpersonal conflict and evidence of warfare, increased interaction, trade, and exchange, and pastoralism and the relationship between humans and animals in the Early Bronze Age (EBA) of Anatolia, and this project aims to analyse and test them.


Dr Benjamin Irvine is a bioarchaeologist who specialises in utilising osteological and stable isotope analyses to examine the dietary habits, subsistence practices, and mobility patterns of populations in the Chalcolithic and Early Bronze Age periods of prehistoric Anatolia. 

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Archaeology and Related Disciplines

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