The role and importance of mycenaean pottery found at Çi̇ne-Tepeci̇k excavations for Anatolia and the Egean world

Thesis Type: Postgraduate

Institution Of The Thesis: Bursa Uludağ University, Turkey

Approval Date: 2015

Thesis Language: Turkish

Student: Nur Deniz Ünsal

Co-Supervisor: Mustafa Şahin, MUSTAFA ŞAHİN


Çine-Tepecik is located in the province of Aydın, on the western side of the Çine valley and on the edge of Çine River which is the southern branch of the Meander river. It is located on a natural way going to the south and on a natural pass among the mountains. Its position amongst the natural routes is shown in the material culture of the site, which presents both local and Aegean characteristics. Of the Late Bronze Age remains from Çine-Tepecik contain a group of Mycenaen pottery, studied in this thesis, can be dated to the LH IIIB1 to LH IIIC period based on its motif design and pottery typology. Both the locally produced and imported Mycenaen ceramic findings at Çine-Tepecik show characteristic vessel forms and decorative elements of Mycenaean decorated pottery. Especially, the motifs used in the decoration of the vessels look like the later phases of the Mycenaean style and illustrate the decorated pottery tradition of the period. The later phases of Mycenaen culture are significant for the delivery of the culture across a wide area, including the eastern Aegean islands and the coastal region of western Anatolia. The Mycenaean findings from Çine-Tepecik require a re-assessment and an expansion of the Mycenaean cultural impact in this period to contain Çine-Tepecik.