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Northwestern University (Evanston, IL 60208-0001)
Gil Stein (Project Director: 09/03/1996 to present)

The Impact of Mesopotamian Colonies on Anatolian Complex Societies: Excavations at Hacinebi, Turkey

To support the excavation and interpretation of materials at a fourth millennium B.C. site in Turkey. The work is part of a broad effort to understand how ancient colonial systems worked.

Support is requested for the final stage of research studying the first known colonial network, established by Mesopotamia in the Uruk period (3700-3100 BC), in Anatolia. Although Uruk colonies have been excavated, we still know little about the organization of this system or its impact on the development of local polities in Anatolia. 1992-1996 excavations at Hacinebi (SE Turkey) have exposed an earlier "pre-contact" phase and a later "contact phase" with evidence for an Uruk colony. Three seasons of excavation and artifact analysis will conclude this project by reconstructing the economic and social organization of the site BEFORE the period of colonial contact. The 1997 excavations will expose the pre-contact phase settlement to document the degree of social complexity before Uruk colonization. Two seasons of artifact analysis will document Uruk-Local economic relations and will determine the extent of Uruk colonial impact on local Anatolian complex societies.

Project fields:

Collaborative Research

Research Programs

Total amounts:
$104,000 (approved)
$47,815 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/1997 – 6/30/2001