A Group of Middle Bronze Age Foundation Offerings Founded at Oylum Hoyuk Excavations

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BELLETEN, vol.75, no.272, pp.19-59, 2011 (Journal Indexed in AHCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 75 Issue: 272
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Title of Journal : BELLETEN
  • Page Numbers: pp.19-59


The excavations in square J22 located on the northwest elevation of Oylum Hoyuk between 2007-2009 seasons reveal new information about Middle Bronze Age foundation offerings. These were placed under the foundation and under the floors of a building which has two building phases which are dated to Middle Bronze Age II according to ceramic material. In the early stage of the building a copper axe and a bronze figurine of god, in the later stage of building the bronze statuette of a divine pair with nail-shaped extension at the bottom have been uncovered. The placing of the objects under the foundation or the floors of the house as offerings dedicated to the gods probably reflects a protective measure for the buildings.