Si̇rkeli̇ Höyük - Culture contacts in cilicia a preliminary report on the German-Turkish excavations in 2006 and 2007 Sirkeli Höyük - Kulturkontakte in kilikien vorbericht über die kampagnen 2006 und 2007 der Deutsch-Türkischen mission

Ahrens A., KOZAL E., Kümmel C., Laube I., Novák M.

Istanbuler Mitteilungen, vol.58, pp.67-107, 2008 (Scopus) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 58
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Journal Name: Istanbuler Mitteilungen
  • Journal Indexes: Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.67-107
  • Keywords: Cilicia, Hellenistic period, Hittite imperial period, Iron age, Late bronze age
  • Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University Affiliated: Yes


New excavations conducted in 2006 and 2007 by the University of Tübingen (Germany) and the Onsekiz Mart University of Çanakkale (Turkey) at the site of Sirkeli Höyük near Adana (southern Turkey, Cilicia) have revealed the remains of a massive fortification with butresses the north-western terrace dating to the Hittite Imperial Period/Late Bronze Age II. Finds made within the complex show that the building was modified and re-used during the Iron Age. Later, the surrounding area of the mound was occupied by Hellenistic buildings. In this article, after a brief introduction to the history of the region and the previous research carried out at the site, a detailed account of the renewed excavations is presented. A presentation of the finds and ceramic material recovered is given. The finds clearly show that the site was actively engaged in cultural exchange and trade with the Levant, Cyprus, the Aegean and Central Anatolia in the 2nd and 1st millennia B. C.