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Prof. Jak Yakar

Professor of Anatolian Archaeology and Near Eastern Cultures


1960-1965 B.A. Istanbul University, Turkey
1965-1966 M.A. Brandeis University Mediterranean Studies (Arch. History & Near Eastern Languages)
1966-1968 Ph.D. Brandeis University

Archaeological Field Work

1963 Field Assistant, Catal Hoyuk Excavations, Konya-Turkey
1971 Assistant Area Supervisor, Beer-Sheba Excavations
1972-73 Field survey in northern Turkey, Istanbul University-Samsun Expedition
1974-75 Co-Field Director, Ikiztepe Excavations, Istanbul University-Samsun Expedition
1975 Co-Field Director, Archaeological survey in the Carsamba Plain, Istanbul University-Samsun Expedition
1976 Ethnoarchaeological research in southeastern Turkey
1977 Archaeological field survey in eastern Turkey (Sivas-Gemerek-Malatya)
1980 Archaeological investigations in the Aegean Basin (Lemnos, Lesbos, Chios, Kos)
1981 Ethnoarchaeological research in southeastern Turkey
1982 Director, Tel Kinrot Excavations, Tel Aviv University
1983 Director, Tel Kinrot Excavations, Tel Aviv University
1985 Archaeological research in eastern and southeastern Turkey
1986 Archaeological and ethnoarchaeological investigations in northeastern and eastern Turkey
1987 Archaeological research in Greek Macedonia and Thrace
1989-90 Archaeological research in southwestern Turkey and the Lake District
1993-97 Ethnoarchaeological field research in Turkey
1998-2002 Field research in archaeology and Hittite political geography
2003- Field research in prehistoric archaeology and ethnography

Current Projects

Ethnoarchaeological Investigations in Turkey

Selected Publications


Yakar, J. 1985. The Later Prehistory of Anatolia: The Chalcolithic and Early Bronze Age. (BAR International Series 268 [1-2]). Oxford.

Yakar, J. 1994. Prehistoric Anatolia: The Neolithic Transformation and the Early Chalcolithic Period. (Monograph Series of the Institute of Archaeology of Tel Aviv University No. 9). Tel Aviv.

Yakar, J. 1994. Prehistoric Anatolia-Supplement No.1. (Monograph Series of the Institute of Archaeology of Tel Aviv University No. 9A). Tel Aviv.

Yakar, J. 2000. Ethnoarchaeology of Anatolia. Rural Socio-Economy in the Bronze and Iron Ages. (Monograph Series of the Institute of Archaeology of Tel Aviv University No. 17). Tel Aviv.


Yakar, J. 1998. Environmental Factors Affecting Urbanization in Bronze Age Anatolia. In: Westenholz, J.G., ed. Capital Cities: Urban Planning and Spiritual Dimensions. Bible Lands Museum Publication No.2. Jerusalem: 99-110.

Taffet, A. and Yakar, J. 1998. Politics and Religion in Urartu. Bulletin of the Culture Center in Japan 10: 133-152.

Yakar, J. 1998. The Socio-economic Structure of Prehistoric Communities in Southern Levant, ca. 13000-8000 BP. Documenta Praehistorica XXV:53-64.

Yakar, J. 1998. Were the EBA Inhabitants of Karatas-Semayuk Semi-Sedentary?—An Ethnoarchaeological View. In: Arsebuk, G., ed., Light on Top of the Black Hill. Studies Presented to Halet Cambel. Istanbul: 811-822.

Yakar, J. 1998. Cultural Interaction Between Anatolia and Southeast Europe: An Archaeological Appraisal. In: Stefanovich, M. et al., eds., In the Steps of James Harvey Gaul, Vol.1, James Harvey Gaul In Memoriam. Sofia: 13-25.

Yakar, J. 1998. The Question of Social Strucuture in Neolithic Anatolian Communities. In:Otte, M., ed., Anatolian Prehistory at the Crossroads of Two Worlds. Liège: 665-672.

Yakar, J. 1999. The Socio-economic Significance of Regional Settlement Pattern in Early Bronze Age Anatolia—An Archaeological Assessment. In: Housing and Settlement in Anatolia through the Ages. Istanbul: 505-512.

Dincol, A.M., Yakar, J., Dincol, B. and Taffet, A. 2000. The Borders of the Appanage Kingdom of Tarhuntassa—A Geographical and Archaeological Assessment. Anatolica XXVI: 1-30.

Yakar, J. 2000. Etnoarkeolojinin Isiginda Hatti'de Kirsal Ekonominin Rekonstruksiyonu. Haberler (Newsletter) No 10. Institute of Ancient Studies, Istanbul (Turkish with English Summary): 1-3.

Yakar, J., Dincol, A.M., Dincol, B. and Taffet, A. 2001. The Territory of the Appanage Kingdom of Tarhuntassa-an Archaeological Appraisal. In: Wilhelm, G., ed. Akten des IV. Internationalen Wurzburg 4-8 Oktober 1999 Kongresses fur Hethitologie. Studien zu den Bogazkoy-Texten Band 45: 711-720.

Yakar, J. 2001. Meat in the Diet of Early Bronze Age Anatolian Farmers. Festschrift fur Harald Hauptmann. In: Boehmer, R.J. and Maran, J. eds., Archaologie zwischen Asien und Europa. Lux Orientis. Rahden/Westf: 433-442.

Yakar, J. 2001. The Socio-Economic Organization of the Rural Sector in Kizzuwatna—An Archaeological Assessment. In: Jean, E., Dincol, A.M. and Durugonul, S. eds., La Cilicie: Espaces et Pouvoirs Locaux, Varia Anatolica XIII. Istanbul: 37-46.

Yakar, J. 2001. La Cilicie: Espace et pouvoirs locaux. Puvoir locaux a l'epoque hittite. In: Jean, E., Dincol, A.M. and Durugonul, S. eds., La Cilicie: Espaces et Pouvoirs Locaux, Varia Anatolica XIII. Istanbul: 123-125.

Dincol, A.M., Yakar, J., Dincol, B. and Taffet, A. 2001. Die Grenzen von Tarhuntassa im Lichte geographiscer Beobachtungen. In: Jean, E., Dincol, A.M. and Durugonul, S. eds., La Cilicie: Espaces et Pouvoirs Locaux, Varia Anatolica XIII. Istanbul: 79-86.

Yakar, J. and Taffet, A. 2001. Political Considerations in the Foundation of Cities in Urartu. In: Azara, P. et al. eds., Mites de Fundació de Ciutats al Món Antic (Mesopotàmia, Grècia I Roma). Barcelona: 101-104.

Yakar, J. 2002. Revising the Early Bronze Age Chronology of Anatolia. In: Blum, S. et al (eds.) Mauer Schau. Festsrchrift fur Manfred Korfmann, Band 1. Remshalden-Grunbach: 445-456.

Yakar, J. 2002. The Development of Metallurgy in Anatolia during the 4th and 3rd millennia B.C. In: Yalcin, U., ed., Anatolian Metal II. Der Anschnitt. Zeitschrift fur Kunst und Kultur im Bergbau. Beiheft 15. Bochum: 15-25.

Yakar, J. 2002. Implications of Ethnography for Archaeology (Etnografya Isiginda Arkeolojide Sosyal ve Kültürel Degerlendirmeler) Colloquium Anatolicum I. Istanbul: 25-52.

Yakar, J. 2003. Towards an Absolute Chronology for Middle and Late Bronze Age Anatolia. In: Dincol, A.M. and Abbasoglu, H., eds., Studies Presented to the Memory of A.M. Mansel. Istanbul University, Istanbul: 557-570.

Yakar, J. 2003. Identifying Migrations in the Archaeological Records of Anatolia. In: Fischer, B., Genz, H., Jean, E. and Köroglu, K., eds., Identifying Changes: The Transition from Bronze to Iron Ages in Anatolia and Its Neighbouring Regions. Istanbul: 11-19.

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