The geoarchaeology of mudbricks in architecture: a methodological study from Catalhoyuk, Turkey

Love, Serena (2012) The geoarchaeology of mudbricks in architecture: a methodological study from Catalhoyuk, Turkey. Geoarchaeology, 27 2: 140-156. doi:10.1002/gea.21401

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Author Love, Serena
Title The geoarchaeology of mudbricks in architecture: a methodological study from Catalhoyuk, Turkey
Journal name Geoarchaeology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0883-6353
1520-6548
Publication date 2012-03
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1002/gea.21401
Open Access Status
Volume 27
Issue 2
Start page 140
End page 156
Total pages 17
Place of publication Hoboken, NJ, United States
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract This article provides a methodology for extracting social information through an analysis of mudbrick compositions, using a case study from Çatalhöyük, Turkey. Particle size analysis, loss on ignition, and magnetic susceptibility were used to examine variability in mudbrick recipe. The analysis revealed that neither magnetic susceptibility nor calcium carbonate were significantly altered through tempering. The results suggest that the greatest degree of compositional variability was a result of the manufacture process and not raw materials used in production. Mudbricks are products of deliberate human actions, similar to any other artifact assemblage, but have been long overlooked. Examining the technology involved with mudbrick manufacture highlights aspects of Neolithic social life through shared resources, production choices, and organization of labor. The analysis of mudbrick compositions considers how raw materials were used within and between groups of houses, represented in 1000 years of uninterrupted occupation at Çatalhöyük.
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