Land Use and Settlement at Zincirli Höyük, Turkey

Zincirli Höyük (ancient Sam’al) was the urban center of a Neo-Hittite kingdom located in south-central Turkey. As a longtime member of Chicago – Tübingen Archaeological Expedition to Zincirli I am interested in how changing urban organization and patterns of land use in the surrounding valley can inform our understanding of social and economic changes in this region from the 3rd to the 1st millennium BC. My research incorporates results from extensive geophysical survey with regional settlement data, and satellite remote sensing, and archaeological excavations.

Topography of Zincirli from aerial photography combined with the results of the magnetic survey and the sketch of the city plan from the 19th century German expedition.

This research has been supported by the Humann Stiftung

Results of magnetometry (black and white) and results of GPR survey from the lower town.