Jak Yakar

Professor of Archaeology

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
Title of Master's Thesis: Cythera and the Ancient Near East
Name of Supervisor: Prof. C. Gordon
Title of Doctoral Dissertation: The Religious Architecture & Art of Early Anatolia
Names of supervisors: Professors P. Hammond; H. Hoffner; C. Gordon

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- Field Research in Archaeology and Hittite Political Geography

Current Projects
   Ethnoarchaeological Investigations in Turkey

Academic and Professional Awards

1966-68 Wien Scholarship, Brandeis University M.A. & Ph. D.
1995 German Academy of Science Scholarship at Heidleberg

Membership in Professional Societies
   World Archaeological Congress
   Research Institute of Near Eastern Cultures &
   Archaeology, Istanbul, Turkey
   European Association of Archaeologists

Selected Publications


  • Yakar, J. 1985. The Later Prehistory of Anatolia: The Chalcolithic and Early Bronze Age. (BAR International Series). Oxford.
  • *Yakar, J. 1994. Prehistoric Anatolia: The Neolithic Transformation and the Early Chalcolithic Period. (Tel Aviv University Monograph Series). Tel Aviv.
  • Yakar, J. 1994. Prehistoric Anatolia-Supplement No.1. (Tel Aviv University Monograph Series). Tel Aviv.
  • Yarkar, J. 2000. Ethnoarcheology of Anatolia.
    Rural Socio-Economy in the Bronze and Iron Ages
    (Tel Aviv University MonographySeries No. 17)



  • Yakar, J. 1994 Studies on Eastern Anatolia in the Iron Age-An Introduction. Tel Aviv 21:3-5.
  • Yakar, J. 1996. Hattusa-The City of Silver. In: Westenholz, J.G. ed. Royal Cities of the Biblical World. Bible Lands Museum, Jerusalem: 53-68.
  • Yakar, J. 1996. The Neolithic Transformation in the Near East and Anatolia's Role in the Neolithization of Southeastern Europe. In: Porocilo o Raziskovanju Paleolitika, Neolitika in Eneolitika v Slovenji XXIII. Neolitske Studije. Ljubljana: 1-13.
  • Yakar, J. 1996/1997. The Early Bronze Age Settlement Pattern in Northwest Anatolia. In: Nikolova, L. ed. Early Bronze Age Settlement Patterns in the Balkans (ca.3500-2000 BC, Calibrated Dates) Part II. Sofia: 85-93.
  • Yakar, J. 1997. Anatolian Trade with Syro-Mesopotamia Prior to the Establishment of Assyrian Merchant Colonies in Anatolia. In: Assyrienim Wandelder Zeiten. (XXXIXe Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale, Heidelberg). Orientverlag: 365-372.
  • Yakar, J. 1997. Did Anatolia Contribute to the Neolithization of Southeast Europe? In: Marler, J. ed. From the Realm of the Ancestors. An Anthology in Honor of Marija Gimbutas. California: 59-69.
  • Taffet, A. and Yakar, J. 1997. Politics and Religion in Urartu. BMECCJX: 125-144.
  • Yarkar, J. 1998. Cultural Interaction Between Anatolia and Southeast Europe: An Archaeology Appraisal
    James Harvey Gaul in Memoriam Sofia: 13-25.
  • Yarkar, J. 1998. The Socio-Economic Structure of Prehistoric Communities in the Souhtern Levant, ca 13000-8000 B.P. Documenta iraehistoria XXV: 53-63.
  • Yarkar, J. 1998. Environmental Factors Affecting Urbanization in Bronze Age Anatolia. Capital Cities. Urban Planning Spiritual Dimensions. Jerusalem : 99-109.
  • Yarkar, J. 1998. The Question of Social Structure in Neolithic Anatoian Communities. Anatolian Preshistory of the Crossroads of Two Worlds.
    Actes du Colloque International Liege. (28 Avril - 3 Mai 1997) Liege : 665-671.

Ph.D. Students
   Deby Hirshman