The Lower Pleistocene lithic assemblage from Dursunlu (Konya), central Anatolia, Turkey

Gulec E., WHITE T., Kuhn S., Ozer I., Sagir M., Yilmaz H. , ...More

ANTIQUITY, vol.83, no.319, pp.11-22, 2009 (Journal Indexed in SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 83 Issue: 319
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Doi Number: 10.1017/s0003598x00098057
  • Title of Journal : ANTIQUITY
  • Page Numbers: pp.11-22
  • Keywords: Anatolia, Lower Palaeolithic, Pliocene, hominins, out of Africa, erectus, OLDUVAI BED-I, KALETEPE-DERESI-3 TURKEY, GEORGIA, AFRICA, DISPERSAL


Homo erectus leaving Africa a million years ago ought to have passed through the area that is now Turkey, and the authors report a first certain sighting of human activity of this date in a lignite quarry near Konya. The remains of rhino, hippo and horse were found with 135 modified quartz implements in layers dated by palaeomagnetic reversal to between 0.78 and 0.99 million years is ago.