Settlement layout and social organisation in themid-6th Millennium BC at Uğurlu on the island of Gökçeada, North-eastern Aegean

Gürçal E., ERDOĞU B., ÇEVİK Ö.

Prahistorische Zeitschrift, vol.98, no.2, pp.437-449, 2023 (AHCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 98 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Doi Number: 10.1515/pz-2022-2056
  • Journal Name: Prahistorische Zeitschrift
  • Journal Indexes: Arts and Humanities Citation Index (AHCI), Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, FRANCIS, IBZ Online, Periodicals Index Online, L'Année philologique, Anthropological Literature, Art Abstracts, Art Index, Art Source
  • Page Numbers: pp.437-449
  • Keywords: Island of Gökçeada, Ritual, Social organization, the mid-6thMillennium BC
  • Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University Affiliated: Yes


This article examines the complex social organization that emerged in the mid-6th Millennium BC from the perspective of new research conducted in Uǧurlu (Phase III), on the island of Gökçeada (Imbros). The mid-6th Millennium BC witnessed major cultural transformations and abrupt changes in virtually all regions from Anatolia to Central Europe, as new settlements brought new forms of social organization. Our aim here is to stimulate further debate about the early complex social organization in the mid-6th Millennium BC. The results of this study reveal a well-organized rural community on the island, reflected in the complex settlement layout, with ritual areas, multifunctional central buildings and activity areas.