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This paper examines exchange imagery and ideology of the human body manifested through figurines from prehistoric (7 th –6 th millennia BC) Anatolian contexts. These figurines document local, regional and inter-regional communication of identity, use of materials, ideologies and skills. Taking a new approach to understanding the assemblages, this paper suggests four key themes of analysis: materials and materiality; fractured bodies; gender spectrum; and ambiguities and relationships.


This work was originally published in "Proceedings of the 9th International Congress on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East (9th ICAANE)," edited by R. A. Stucky, O. Kaelin & H. P. Mathys.



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