Aslihan K. Yener

Emeritus Associate Professor of Anatolian Archaelogy

Ph.D. Columbia University, 1980.
Teaching at Chicago since 1993.

Special Interests

Ancient Mining and Metal Technology, Application of Physical Sciences to Archaeology, Rise of Complex Industries.

Aslihan Yener is the director of the Amuq Valley Regional Projects in the Antakya area of southern Turkey. She is currently researching the site of Tell Atchana (ancient Alalakh) the capital city of the Kingdom of Mukish (the Amuq) during the Hittite period (Late Bronze Age c. 2000-1200 B.C.). Other excavations which she has directed are Kestel tin mine, Goltepe and Tell Kurdu. Her primary professional interests are archaeometallurgy, technological systems, interregional trade and the rise of regional states.



Recent Publications:


  • The Domestication of Metals: The Rise of Complex Metal Industries in Anatolia (c. 4500-2000 B.C.) Amsterdam: E.J. Brill, 2000.
  • Third Millennium B.C. Interregional Trade in Southwest Asia with Special Reference the Keban Region of Turkey. Ph.D. dissertation, Columbia University, Michigan Microfilms no. 80288l7, 1980.

In Press

  • Yener, K.A. and H. Hoffner eds. with editorial contribution by Simrit Dhesi, New Perspectives in Hittite Archaeology. Papers in Memory of Hans G. Guterbock. Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns

Selected Articles:

  • 2001, "Alalakh: A Late Bronze Age Capital in the Amuq Valley, Southern Turkey," The Oriental Institute News and Notes 169: 1-6.
  • 2001, "The Organization of Tin Production: Strategic industries in Early Bronze Age Anatolia, Ancient Turkey," in M. Fortin ed., Recherches Archéometriques. (Centre d' études interdisciplinaires sur les lettres, les arts et les traditions cahiers archéologiques), 1-15. Québec: Laval University
  • 2000, "Amuq Valley Regional Project," The Oriental Institute 1999-2000 Annual Report, 11-16 . Chicago: The Oriental Institute.
  • 2000, "Letters from the Field. Tell Kurdu, Turkey," The Oriental Institute News and Notes 164: 20-21.
  • 1999, "Oriental Institute Returns to the Amuq. 1998 Excavation Season at Tell Kurdu, Turkey," The Oriental Institute News and Notes 161: 1-3.
  • 1998, "A View from the Amuq in South-Central Turkey: Societies in Transformation in the Second Millennium," in E.H. Cline and D. Harris-Cline, eds., The Aegean and the Orient in the Second Millenniium.Proceedings of the 50th Anniversary Symposium, Cincinnati 18-20 April 1997, Aegaem 18: 366-374. Liège: Université de Liège
  • 1998, "5,000 Year Old Figurine in the Spotlight," Oriental Institute News and Notes 158: 5-7.
  • 1997, "Excavations at Kestel Mine, Turkey, " The Oriental Institute 1996-1997 Annual Report, 58-61. Chicago: The Oriental Institute
  • 1997, "An Early Bronze Age Mortuary Chamber Inside the Kestel Tin Mine: The 1996 Excavation Season," The Oriental Institute News and Notes 152: 5-7
  • 1996, "Göltepe, Kestel, Taurus Mountains, Turkey," in E.M. Meyers, ed., The Encyclopedia of Near Eastern Archaeology, 155-56, 425-26, 283-284. Oxford: University Press
  • 1996, "Göltepe 1994 Arkeometrik Çalè·malar," XI. Arkeometri Sonuçlarè Toplantèsè (Ankara: General Directorate of Antiquities and Museums ) 91-104.
  • 1995, "Swords, Armor, and Figurines: A Metalliferous View from the Central Taurus," Biblical Archaeologist Dedicated to Peter Neve 58: 41-47
  • 1995, "The Archaeology of Empire in Anatolia: Comments ," Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research 299/300 : 117-121
  • 1995, "The Archaeological Season at Göltepe, Turkey, 1994," The Oriental Institute 1994-1995 Annual Report, 22-28
  • 1995, "Early Bronze Age Tin Processing at Göltepe and Kestel, Turkey" in J. Sasson ed., Civilizations of the Ancient Near East, Vol III, 1519-1521. New York: Scribners & Sons
  • 1994, "Anatolia: IV. Metalwork," The Dictionary of Art, 834-835. London: Macmillan & Co
  • 1994, "The 1993 Archaeological Season at Göltepe, Turkey," The Oriental Institute1993-1994 Annual Report, 33-42
  • 1994, "Review, R.Maddin ed., The Beginning of the Use of Metals and Alloys, 1988. Mass: M.I.T Press," Journal of Near Eastern Studies 53: 301-304
  • 1994, "Managing Metals: An Early Bronze Age Tin Production Site at Göltepe, Turkey," The Oriental Institute News and Notes 140: 1-4
  • 1994, "Göltepe 1993 Kazè Sonuçlarè," XVI. Kazè Sonuçlarè Toplantèsè 177-188. Ankara: General Directorate of Antiquities and Museums
  • 1993, "Göltepe/Kestel 1992," XV. Kazè Sonuçlarè Toplantèsè 201-209. Ankara: General Directorate of Antiquities and Museums
  • 1993, "Göltepe Kazèsè 1991 Sezonu," XIV. Kazè Sonuçlarè Toplantèsè 231-247. Ankara: General Directorate of Antiquities and Museums
  • 1992, "1990 Göltepe, Nigde Kazèsè ," XIII. Kazè Sonuçlarè Toplantèsè 275-289. Ankara: General Directorate of Antiquities and Museums
  • 1990, "Is This the Source of Bronze Age Tin?" National Geographic 178: Geographica
  • 1990, "Arkeometri Projesi: Çamardè 1988 Çalè·malarè ," V.Arkeometri Sonuçlarè Toplantèsè (Antalya May 18-23 1989), 1-12. Ankara: General Directorate of Antiquities
  • 1989, "Nigde-Çamardè'nda Kalay Buluntularè" IV. Arkeometri Sonuçlarè Toplantèsè (Ankara May 20-24 1988), 17-28. Ankara: General Directorate of Antiquities
  • 1986, "The Archaeometry of Silver in Anatolia: The Bolkardag Mining District,"American Journal of Archaeology 90: 469-472
  • 1986, "Arkeometri Çalè·malarè II: Bolkardag, Aladag, ve Keban Madenlerinde 1984 Yèlè Incemeleri," I. Arkeometri Sonuçlarè Toplantèsè (Ankara May 20-24 1985), 93-106
  • 1984, "Nigde-Ulukè·la Bolkardag Kursun-Gumus Yataklarè ile Ilgili Â¥nçalè·malar,"Arkeometri Unitesi Toplantèsè Bildirileri IV. Ankara: Tubitak no 59l
  • 1983, "The Production, Exchange and Utilization of Silver and Lead Metals in Ancient Anatolia: A Source Identification Project,"Anatolica 10: 1-15
  • 1982, "A Review of Interregional Exchange in Southwest Asia: The Neolithic Obsidian Network, the Assyrian Trading Colonies, and a Case for Third Millennium B.C. Trade," Anatolica 9: 33-75