CENTRAL ANATOLIAN EARLY BRONZE AGE PROJECT

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The long term interdisciplinary Central Anatolian Early Bronze Age Project (CAEBA- Project) aims at the researching of the late 4th and 3rd millennium BCE in Central Anatolia and its position in a supraregional context. It covers fieldwork, systematic material studies and interdsiciplinary analyses in cooperation of ODTÜ (Settlement Archaeology) and Ahi Evran University Kırşehir (Dpt. of Archaeology) with several institutions and institutes across Turkey. The need for such a project results from a difficult state of research: Although more than 50 excavations, conducted since 1920`s, uncovered Early Bronze Age (EBA) layers and findings, very little is known about the architecture, stratigraphy, pottery sequences, small finds etc. Only a few of them has been published systematically yet. Therefore the chronological situation for the late 4th and 3rd millennium BCE in this region is debateable. Especially the transition from late Chalcolithic to the EBA is problematic and the evidence for the oldest stages of the EBA between ca. 3300/3200 and 2600/2500 BCE.