Aşıklı Höyük Bracelet

Tribological analysis has been employed in a pilot study of the technological steps involved in the manufacture of a polished obsidian bracelet from Aşıklı Höyük, an Aceramic Neolithic site in Central Anatolia (8300-7500 cal. B.C.). The study included a morphological analysis of the bracelet, based on profile measurements, and the identification of wear variation seen in surface topographic features and parameters.
The manufacturing skill that is revealed suggests the early appearance of a regional tradition of obsidian working, which reached its full development in the 6th millennium cal. B.C. with the production of various ornamental objects, including mirrors and vessels. The cultural record and location of Aşıklı Höyük make the site important for our understanding of the technological developments during the early Neolithic in Anatolia.

Astruc L., Vargiolu R., Ben Tkaya M., Balkan-Atlı N., Özbasaran M., Zahouani H., 2011, Multi-scale tribological analysis of the technique of manufacture of an obsidian bracelet from Asikli Höyük (Aceramic Neolithic, Central Anatolia), Journal of Archaeological Science 38 : 3415-3424.

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