Organized violence in Anatolia: A retrospective research on the injuries from the Neolithic to Early Bronze Age


ERDAL Y. S. , ERDAL Ö. D.

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PALEOPATHOLOGY, cilt.2, ss.78-92, 2012 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 2
  • Basım Tarihi: 2012
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1016/j.ijpp.2012.09.014
  • Dergi Adı: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PALEOPATHOLOGY
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.78-92

Özet

The question of the presence of organized violence in the Neolithic settlements in Middle East has been debated. This paper presents possible examples of organized violence from the Neolithic period, representing early examples of settlements in Anatolia, to the Early Bronze Age, which provides the early instances of central authority. Most injuries detected among Neolithic populations in Anatolia have been associated with daily activities. Although individual examples of interpersonal violence exist among Neolithic and Chalcolithic populations in Anatolia, but they are far from representing organized violence. On the other hand the Early Bronze Age populations present clear evidence of perimortem wounds, mass burials, high frequency of cranial fractures, walls surrounding cities, and metal weapons in Anatolia. This suggests an increased evidence of organized violence in EBA Anatolia. Based on bioarchaeological data, it is concluded that violence in these settlements resulted from one or more ecological and social factors. However, each settlement might have peculiar reason for fighting. (C) 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.