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384 pages

384 pages; 285 figures, 37 tables (colour throughout)

Published Feb 2021

Archaeopress Archaeology


Hardback: 9781789698787

Digital: 9781789698794

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South Caucasus; Azerbaijan; Eurasia; Neolithisation; Neolithic

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This volume publishes the first round of fieldwork and research (2008-2013) at Göytepe, a key site for understanding the emergence and development of food-producing communities in the South Caucasus. Results include findings relating to chronology, architecture, technology, social organisation, plant and animal exploitation, and more.



Preface – Yoshihiro Nishiaki and Farhad Guliyev ;
Chapter 1: Introduction – Yoshihiro Nishiaki and Farhad Guliyev ;

Part I: Field Investigations ;
Chapter 2: Geomorphological settings of Göytepe – Yuichi Hayakawa ;
Chapter 3: Stratigraphy and architecture in the main excavation area of Göytepe – Yoshihiro Nishiaki, Farhad Guliyev, Fuad Hoseynov, and Kazuya Shimogama ;
Chapter 4: Excavation, stratigraphy, and architecture of Square 4B at Göytepe – Seiji Kadowaki, Yui Arimatsu, and Yoshihiro Nishiaki ;
Chapter 5: Soundings at the edges of Göytepe – Yoshihiro Nishiaki, Yui Arimatsu, and Saiji Arai ;
Chapter 6: Mud-bricks in Neolithic architecture at Göytepe – Yoshihiro Nishiaki, Farhad Guliyev, and Emmanuel Baudouin ;
Chapter 7: Geoarchaeological investigation of storage space at Göytepe: Phytolith, dung spherulite, and micromorphological analyses – Seiji Kadowaki, Lisa Maher, Marta Portillo, and Rosa M. Albert ;
Chapter 8: Archaeological reconnaissance survey around Göytepe, Tovuz-Qovlar region – Kazuya Shimogama and Valeh Alakbarov ;

Part II: Technology and Subsistence ;
Chapter 9: Neolithic flaked stone assemblages from Göytepe – Yoshihiro Nishiaki ;
Chapter 10: Use-wear analysis of chipped stone artifacts from Göytepe – Katsunori Takase ;
Chapter 11: Fracture wing analysis for identification of obsidian blank production techniques at Göytepe – Jun Takakura and Yoshihiro Nishiaki ;
Chapter 12: Neolithic ground stone typology and technology at Göytepe – Seiji Kadowaki ;
Chapter 13: Neolithic pottery from Göytepe – Yui Arimatsu (with an Appendix by Takahiro Odaka) ;
Chapter 14: Neolithic figurines from Göytepe – Kazuya Shimogama ;
Chapter 15: The Neolithic bone and antler industry from Göytepe – Saiji Arai ;
Chapter 16: Plant remains from Göytepe – Chie Akashi and Ken-ichi Tanno ;
Chapter 17: Faunal remains from Göytepe – Saiji Arai

About the Author

Yoshihiro Nishiaki is a professor of prehistoric archaeology at the University of Tokyo and Director of its University Museum. ;

Farhad Guliyev currently serves as Director of the Museum of the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography, ANAS.