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Adatepe 2

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Adatepe 2
110 m
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Location: It is located on a rocky block called Kartalkaya Tepesi; between Adatepe and Hamdili villages; south of the Ceyhan-Osmaniye motorway; 7 km east of Ceyhan District; east of Adana Province. It locates 2.4 km south of Adatepe Village.
Geography and Environment: The site is located in the northern Yukari Ova (Upper Plain) section of the Çukurova Plain; which is surrounded by the Bolkar Mountains to the northwest; the Akdaglar Mountains to the north and the Amanos Mountains to the east. The Adatepe mound lies on a natural hill which overlooks the valley that leads to the Kürtkulak Geçidi mountain pass. This medium-sized conical mound is 20 m high. There are ruins on the northern side of the mound which date to a "later"; unidentified period.
Research and Excavation: The site was discovered by M. V. Seton-Williams during the "Cilician Surface Survey" he conducted in 1951. The surface survey; like most in that period; was not systematic. It takes place in the registered archaeological sites list prepared by Ministry of Culture and Tourism.
Stratigraphy: Although it has not been confirmed by excavation; the surface finds indicate that there was continuous habitation at the site from the Late Neolithic-Early Chalcolithic Period to Byzantine times (with the exception of the Early Bronze Age). The chronology resembles other Cilician sites such as Yumuktepe in Mersin and Gözlükule in Tarsus.
Small Finds: Pottery: It is reported that the site yielded Pre-Halaf burnished and painted ware [Seton-Williams 1954:130]. No detailed information has been provided on the finds.
Interpretation and Dating: It is difficult to judge whether there was Late Neolithic habitation at this site. In ASPRO; the site has been dated to the second half of the sixth millennium [Hours et al. 1994:46]. Although only a minimal number of artifacts were found; the earliest phase at this site has been assigned to a pre-Halaf period between the Late Neolithic and the Early Chalcolithic.

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