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Supported by

  • The British Museum
  • The British Institute at Ankara
  • University of Manchester

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The archaeological site of Domuztepe is located in south-central Turkey and is the largest known example of a settlement from the Late Neolithic (around 6,500-5,500 BC). This was a key period of change in prehistory, after the development of agriculture and prior to the emergence of the earliest cities.

Although other large sites from this period are known, none have been extensively excavated.

Led by the University of Manchester, under the sponsorship of the British Institute at Ankara, the Domuztepe project is actively excavating the site seeking to understand its social organisation. Successful excavation of a large site is a long-term commitment and the excavation strategy has been revised each year in accordance with findings.

About the project

Understanding the transition between village and urban societies is highly relevant today as, for the first time in history, more people are now believed to be living in cities than in rural areas.

The Middle East is where agriculture (around 9,500 BC) and cities emerged (around 3,500 BC). Much less is known about how societies developed between these two milestones, and research at Domuztepe will significantly help to close this knowledge gap.

More about the Domuztepe project 


A. Fletcher, ‘Domuztepe, Life and Death at the Dawn of Urbanisation,’ with S. Campbell, Current World Archaeology 51, 2012, 46-51

M. Spataro, 'Centralisation or Regional Identity in the Halaf period? Examining interactions within fine painted ware production' with A. Fletcher, Paléorient 36(2), 2011, 91-116.

B. R. Gearey, ‘From Site to Landscape: Assessing the Value of Geoarchaeological Data in Understanding the Archaeological Record of Domuztepe, Eastern Mediterranean, Turkey,' with  A. Fletcher, W. G. Fletcher and S. Campbell  American Journal of Archaeology 115 (3), 2011, 465-482.

S. Campbell ’Questioning the Halaf-Ubaid transition’ with A. Fletcher in Beyond the Ubaid. Transformation and integration in the late prehistoric societies of the Middle East. (ed) R.A. Carter and G. Philip, Chicago, The Oriental Institute, 2010, 69-83.

S. W. Kansa, ‘Whose Bones are those? Preliminary Comparative Analysis of Fragmented Human and Animal Bones in the “Death Pit” at Domuztepe, a Late Neolithic Settlement in Southeastern Turkey’, with S. C. Gauld, S. Campbell and E. Carter Anthropozoologia 44 (1), 2009, 159-172.

S. W. Kansa, ‘Resource Exploitation at Late Neolithic Domuztepe: Faunal and Botanical Evidence,’ with A. Kennedy, S. Campbell and E. Carter, Current Anthropology 50 (6), 2009, 897-914.

A. Fletcher, ‘Ceramic styles at Domuztepe: evidence for social interaction in the late Neolithic”, in Proceedings of the 4th International Congress of the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East Volume 2. (ed) H. Kühne, R. M. Czichon and F. J .Kreppner, Wiesbaden, Harrassowitz Verlag, 2008, 111-124.

S. Campbell, ‘The Dead and the Living in Late Neolithic Mesopotamia’ Sepolti tra i vivi. Evidenza ed interpretazione di contesti funerari in abitato. Atti del Convegno Internazionale (Università degli Studi di Roma “La Sapienza” 26-29 Aprile 2006. (ed) G. Bartoloni and M. G. Benedettini , 2007/8, 125-140

S. Campbell (ed) Domuztepe Excavations Volume I with  (ed) E.Carter  Los Angeles, Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, University of California at Los Angeles, in press.

S. Campbell ‘Domuztepe 2006’ Anatolian Archaeology 12, 2006, 17-18

S. Campbell ‘Domuztepe 2005’, Anatolian Archaeology 11, 2005, 4-7

S. Campbell ‘Domuztepe 2004 excavation season’ Anatolian Archaeology 10, 2004 4-6






E. Carter, ‘Elusive Complexity : New Data from late Halaf Domuztepe in South Central Turkey’ with S. Campbell & S. Gauld Paléorient 29(2), 2003, 117-133

S. Campbell ‘Domuztepe 2003’ Anatolian Archaeology 9, 2003,  4-6

S. W. Kansa ‘Feasting with the dead? - a ritual bone deposit at Domuztepe, south eastern Turkey (c. 5550 cal BC)’ with S. Campbell in Behaviour behind bones the zooarchaeology of ritual, religion, status and identity. (ed) S. J. O'Day, W. van Neer and A. Ervynck  International Council of Archaeozoology; Durham. Oxbow, 2002, 2-13

E.  Carter, ‘Excavations and survey at Domuztepe, 1996’, with S. Campbell & J. Snead Anatolia Antiqua 7 1999, 1-17

S. Campbell ‘Emerging complexity on the Kahramanmaras Plain, Turkey: The Domuztepe Project 1995-1997’ with E. Carter, E. Healey, S. Anderson, A. Kennedy & S. Whitcher American Journal of Archaeology 103, 1999, 395-418

S. Campbell, ‘Domuztepe’ Anatolian Archaeology 4, 1998, 4-5






Images, top: the main excavation area. Bottom left: stone figurine in the shape of a ram’s head. Middle: excavation in 2009. Bottom right: excavation in 2010.