LECTURE: Göbeklitepe Culture and the Changing Image of the Neolithic Formation

WhenOctober 23, 2017 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
WhereOriental Institute, Breasted Hall
Contact InformationOriental Institute - Events Coordinator
DescriptionThis is the first of a three part lecture series on Turkish Archaeology. The series is hosted by the Consulate General of Turkey

Gobeklitepe Culture and the Changing Image of the Neolithic Formation

Presented by Emeritus Professor Dr. Mehmet Ozdogan, Istanbul University. The Neolithic Period is the time of great changes in the history of civilization; it was during this period that sedentary farming communities developed replacing mobile hunter-gathering way of living. The new way of life based on food production led to consequential changes from land ownership, inheritance, division of labor, social organization to processing and preparing food, developing new technologies involving architectural practices, pottery for storing, cooking and fermenting. It is for that reason that this time period is referred to as the ‘Neolithic Revolution’ - not because it was a rapid happening, but because of its revolutionizing consequences. Until recent, the Neolithic Period was viewed as the time of simple village communities striving to survive. Excavations in the eastern parts of Turkey, mainly at sites such as Gobeklitepe, Cayonu, Kortiktepe, and Nevali Cori covering the time period from 10.500 to 7.000 BC, have dramatically changed the picture revealing finds that forced to charge our conventional views on the definition of that period. The incipient stages -the Pre-Pottery Neolithic Period- now stands as a highly sophisticated cultural stage when innovative changes took place in every aspect of life. It is now possible to define early Neolithic communities with terms such as stratified society, craft specialization, monumental architecture, art, long-distance exchange of commodities and raw materials or dominance of clerical elite, cultural attributes that were previously conceived as the markers of later societies.

4:00-5:00 p.m. Lecture and Discussion

5:00-6:00 p.m. Reception
CategoriesConferences/Lectures, Lectures
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