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date: 18 November 2019

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This chapter discusses prehistoric (c.10,000—5000 bc) figurines from archaeological sites in modern Turkey. Sources and methods of excavation, publication, interpretation, and display are presented and critiqued. We propose a new interpretive method, focusing on manufacture and materials, ambiguities and relationships, gender, and fragmentation. Two case studies of figurine assemblages—Domuztepe and Çatalhöyük—are presented and discussed, demonstrating new possibilities for the interpretation of figurine datasets.

Keywords: figurines, Turkey, Çatalhöyük, Domuztepe, fragmentation, ambiguity, gender, manufacture, materiality/materials

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