Analysis and Interpretation of Neolithic Period Footprints from Barcın Höyük, Turkey

Derya Atamtürk, Rana Özbal, Fokke Gerritsen, Izzet Duyar

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Presented here are a pair of preserved footprints discovered in 2014 at the site of Barcın Höyük, a Neolithic site located in northwestern Turkey. The footprints date to approximately 6400 cal. BC. This article provides anthropological estimations for the individuals who left the footprints and discusses the possibility of symbolism using contextual information and ethnographic and archaeological parallels.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)163-174
Number of pages12
JournalMediterranean Archaeology and Archaeometry
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 9 Jan 2018


The Barcın Höyük Excavations were directed by Fokke Gerritsen and Rana Özbal with permission from the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism, under the auspices of the Netherlands Institute in Turkey, with funding from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) and the National Geographic Society. The excavators would like to thank conservator Evren Kıvançer and Prof. Hadi Özbal for conserving the footprints and Piet Gerrits for his help with Figure 5.

FundersFunder number
Netherlands Institute in Turkey
Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism
National Geographic Society
Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek


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