THE PEOPLE OF DIYARBAKIR/SALAT TEPE IN THE CHALCOLITHIC AND MIDDLE BRONZE AGE


BAŞOĞLU O., GÖZLÜK KIRMIZIOĞLU P. , Pehlevan C., YİĞİT A. , ERKMAN A. C.

MEDITERRANEAN ARCHAEOLOGY & ARCHAEOMETRY, vol.15, no.3, pp.237-247, 2015 (Journal Indexed in AHCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 15 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Doi Number: 10.5281/zenodo.32066
  • Title of Journal : MEDITERRANEAN ARCHAEOLOGY & ARCHAEOMETRY
  • Page Numbers: pp.237-247

Abstract

In this study, 21 skeletons, obtained from rescue excavations conducted in Diyarbakir/Salat Tepe (Salat Hill) flooded by a lake formed by the Ilisu Dam, were examined in terms of paleopathology, paleodemography, morphology and non-metric features. The analysis of archaeological and anthropological findings reveal that the Salat Tepe people dated back to the Middle Bronze Age. Their small socio-economic structure based on agriculture, and the inhabitants lived a modest life in harsh conditions. The evidence of small and local agriculture, rather than being an advanced agricultural society, shows that Diyarbakir/Salat Tepe people share the general characteristics of ancient Anatolian societies of the period.