A new programme of obsidian characterization at Çatalhöyük, Turkey

Tristan Carter, Gérard Poupeau, Céline Bressy, Nicholas J. G. Pearce

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This paper details the chemical sourcing of 135 obsidian artefacts from Çatalhöyük, a Neolithic site in central Anatolia, the trace-elemental analyses being undertaken in two laboratories using ICP-MS, ICP-AES and LA-ICP-MS. The material is assigned to three sources in Cappadocia: Göllü Dağ-east, Nenezi Dağ and Acıgöl West. The various interrelationships of technology, raw material and date are considered, the data suggesting an increased reliance upon the Nenezi Dağ source in the latter part of the Early Neolithic, a shift that coincides with, and is related to, the introduction of new blade technologies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)893-909
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Archaeological Science
Issue number7
Early online date24 Jan 2006
Publication statusPublished - 01 Jun 2006


  • obsidian sourcing
  • ICP-MS
  • laser ablation
  • Çatalhöyük
  • neolithic
  • Central Anatolia


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