The Forager-Herder Trade-Off, from Broad Spectrum Hunting to Sheep Management at Aşıklı Höyük, Turkey


Marshall Building, Room 490
845 N. Park Ave
85719 Tucson , AZ


Fri, 10/19/2018 - 3:00pm to Sun, 01/23/2022 - 1:31am


Part of the Fall 2018 Middle Eastern and North African Studies Colloquium Series

In collaboration with the Archaeological Institute of America's International Archaeology Day 2018

Mary Stiner, Regents' Professor, School Anthropology, University of Arizona 
Mary Stiner

Aşıklı Höyük is the earliest pre-ceramic Neolithic village site in Central Anatolia, Turkey. Its basal cultural layers were founded in the wake of the Younger Dryas and begin around 8350 cal BC. The occupations begin with round-house architecture, followed in just a few centuries by the development of rectangular densely packed buildings. Sites of this age with good preservation are extremely rare in the Middle East, and Aşıklı Höyük preserves clear evidence of the very beginnings of farming and herding. One of the key questions of collaborative archaeological research at this site is the early process of sheep and goad domestication, and its many socioeconomic ramifications. Our approach integrates zooarchaeological, geoarchaeological, istopic, botanical and radiocarbon dating methods to learn about the ecological and social substrates from which village economies arose directly from a hunter-gatherer heritage.

Mary C. Stiner is Regents’ Professor in the School of Anthropology at the University of Arizona. She conducts archaeological research on human ancestors, paleoeconomics and social evolution across the Mediterranean Basin. She is particularly interested in the ever-changing relationship between human societies and Eurasian ecosystems. With an expertise in zooarchaeology, she has worked on a wide range of topics in human evolution, Paleolithic archaeology, hunter-gatherer ecology