2006 Season

Chalcolithic levels were excavated this year on the lower south slope where there was a gate and enclosure wall. It now appears the wall went around the entire site. Two levels transitional to EB I were revealed, as well as pithos burials.

In the step trench, deposits from the early Karum period to the Iron Age were investigated. A casemate wall of the early Karum period was built on terracing and was destroyed by fire in the Karum IA or Old Hittite period. It was replaced with casemate walls twice, once in the Middle Hittite and once during the Empire. Quantities of pottery were found in the packing fill.

On the north slope, work continued on the Hittite gateway and the slope leading up to it. On the northeast terrace three phases dating to the Byzantine period were uncovered, as in previous years. The second can be dated by a coin of Justin II to the 6th century.

A small amount of work also took place at the open-air sanctuary on Çaltepe, across the valley from Çadır. It continues to support the identification of Çaltepe as Mt Daha and, therefore, that of Çadır Höyük as the Hittite city of Zippalanda.

From Ronald L. Gorny, “The 2002-2005 Excavation Seasons at Çadır Höyük. The Second Millennium Settlements,”Anatolica 32 (2006): 29-54.

List of Participants: Ron Gorny, Sharon Steadman, Greg McMahon, Samuel Paley, Jenni Ross, Bruce Verhaaren, Carol Schneider, Carola Manzano, Carolyn Armstrong, Jeff Geyer, Ben Arbuckle, Juliana McKittrick, Robert Cochran, Megan McMahon, and Vanessa Weinert.

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