Chalcolithic Urn Burials at Pirot Hoyuk, Eastern Turkey: An Assessment

Akdeniz E.

ANCIENT NEAR EASTERN STUDIES, vol.42, pp.277-298, 2005 (ESCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 42
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Doi Number: 10.2143/anes.42.0.2004454
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), Scopus, IBZ Online, ATLA Religion Database, Index Islamicus, Linguistic Bibliography, MLA - Modern Language Association Database, Old Testament Abstracts Online
  • Page Numbers: pp.277-298
  • Dokuz Eylül University Affiliated: No


Pirot Hoyuk is located north-east of Malatya, on the right bank of the Euphrates. It was excavated over seven campaigns (1978-1985) as a part of the Keban and Lower Euphrates (Karakaya Dam) salvage excavation project, conducted by a team directed by Ozgen Karaca. In this paper, its Chalcolithic urn burials will be studied. Layers XIII and XIV at Pirot Hoyuk provide us with information about intra- mural burials that shed light on the burial customs of the Chalcolithic Age in Eastern Anatolia. The urns in which these burials were placed are handmade, large containers with or without handles that are similar to other domestic urns uncovered in the same layer.