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Type: Paper
Paper Title: LOOKING FOR POLITIES: IRON AGE CERAMICS IN CENTRAL ANATOLIA
Author: LISA KEALHOFER (Santa Clara University), PETER GRAVE (University of New England)   
Date/Time: Thu., 4:45 PM
Co-Author(s): LISA KEALHOFER (Santa Clara University), PETER GRAVE (University of New England) 
Abstract: The Anatolian Iron Age project has collaborated with seventeen sites across western Anatolia since 2004. This collaboration has involved sampling each site’s ceramic corpus for both local and nonlocal ceramics, as well as sampling the geological variability within each site’s catchment. The goal of the AIA project is to use ceramic exchange – both of pots and of ideas – as a proxy for investigating aspects of political change and development in the wake of the collapse of the Hittite Empire in the 12th c. BC. Our approach, using archaeometric (NAA) data to explore changing societal parameters is central to ‘ceramic ecology.’ In this paper, we discuss our methodology and preliminary results of NAA of ceramics from five sites in central Anatolia. The diversity of styles and exchange partners, along with the relationship between emulation and the movement of pots, reveal features of Iron Age political economies in the region.

Program Number: 2-0840
Session Title: CERAMIC ECOLOGY XXIV: CURRENT RESEARCH ON CERAMICS 2010
Session Sponsor: Archaeology Division
Session Date/Time: Thu., 1:45 PM-5:30 PM
Organizer(s): CHARLES KOLB (National Endowment for the Humanities) 
Chair(s): CHARLES KOLB (National Endowment for the Humanities)  
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