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Girik Tepe

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Girik Tepe
570 m
Southeastern Anatolia
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Location: This site lies south of the city of Adiyaman; 7.6 km south of the town of Akpinar and 3.3 km southwest of the village of Bebek.
Geography and Environment: This site is northwest of Mount Karababa in the eastern part of a valley which reaches the Euphrates River Valley. The dimensions of the mound have not been reported.
Research and Excavation: The site was discovered during the surface survey conducted by S.R. Blaylock in the Adiyaman Province in 1985-1988. This survey was conducted in order to complete the 1975 and 1977 survey in the Lower Euphrates Basin of the sites expected to be flooded by the Atatürk Dam Lake.
Stratigraphy: It has not been reported whether the surface of this mound yielded non-Neolithic finds as well.
Small Finds: Pottery: The surface of the mound yielded hand-made ware with a lot of chaff and a some sand temper. The ware is buff in color. The gray cores in the cross-section of the vessel walls suggest that the firing was weak. Some of the ware has been slipped. Closed vessels are the most common forms. Flat and narrow lugs have been found [Blaylock et al. 1990; fig.4/6-9]. The researchers believe that the finds from this site resemble Neolithic ware from Kumartepe and Sürük. Chipped Stone: The chipped stone tools found on the surface of the mound were limited in number. The finds that are of extra importance include three points on blades and several flakes [Blaylock et al. 1990:fig.20/1-3]. Although the number of finds are minimal; this chipped stone industry shows close affinity with Gritille; Kumartepe Neolithic chipped stone technologies.
Interpretation and Dating: Although the researchers cannot assign these finds to a period with certainty; they suggest a Ceramic Neolithic date and believe the tools; in terms of stylistic characteristics; resemble the Kumartepe Late Neolithic finds.

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