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Patterns of Iron Age interaction in central Anatolia: three sites in Yozgat province

Kealhofer, Lisa
Grave, Peter
Marsh, Ben
Steadman, Sharon
Gorny, Ronald L.
Summers, Geoffrey
The cultural and political changes that happened in Anatolia after the collapse of the Hittite Empire have only recently been recognised as a significant, but as yet unexplained, phenomenon. Here we present the results of analyses of ceramics from three sites south and southwest of the present-day town of Sorgun - Cadir Hoyuk, Kerkenes Dag and Tilkigedigi Tepe - to identity how regional groups within the Hittite core area regrouped in the aftermath of the collapse. Ceramic analyses provide a means to assess both cultural continuity and the scale and nature of interaction in a region. Results suggest some evidence of cultural continuity at Cadir from the Late Bronze Age into the Middle Iron Age, and highlight the variable local responses in the aftermath of Hittite collapse.