Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/32151
Title: Ceremonial plant consumption at Middle Bronze Age Büklükale, Kırıkkale Province, central Turkey
Contributor(s): Fairbairn, Andrew S (author); Wright, Nathan J  (author)orcid ; Weeden, Mark (author); Barjamovic, Gojko (author); Matsumura, Kimiyoshi (author); Rasch, Ron (author)
Publication Date: 2019-05
Early Online Version: 2018-11-29
DOI: 10.1007/s00334-018-0703-x
Handle Link: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/32151
Field of Research (FoR) 2020: 430101 Archaeological science
430104 Archaeology of Europe, the Mediterranean and the Levant
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 280113 Expanding knowledge in history, heritage and archaeology
Abstract: A shaft-like room at the Middle Bronze Age site of Büklükale in central Turkey preserved a rich archaeobotanical assemblage of charred and mineralised plant remains, dominated by fruits, spices and nuts mixed with probable bread and wood charcoals. The remains were recovered in association with numerous ceramic vessels, jewellery and exotic artefacts. We combine identification and analysis of the seeds and wood charcoals contained in this deposit with studies of Old Assyrian and Hittite textual records to investigate the circumstances of the assemblage's formation and its significance for further understanding trade and plant consumption in Bronze Age Anatolia. We present the earliest archaeobotanical example in the region of rare and exotic plant species being consumed in the context of one or more social gatherings, including those possibly linked to ceremonial or ritual events. This offers new insights into the role of plants in the economic and social life of the southwest Asian Bronze Age, as well as the role of commensality and feasting in early states.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Grant Details: ARC/FT130101702
Source of Publication: Vegetation History and Archaeobotany, 28(3), p. 327-346
Publisher: Springer
Place of Publication: Germany
ISSN: 1617-6278
0939-6314
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

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