Lower Town excavations

December 29, 2012

The topography of the Lower Town at Titriş Höyük is defined as a slightly raised area extending to the west and east of the high mound, along the course of the Tavuk Cay. The two lobes of the Lower Town were preliminarily investigated at Titris Hoyuk in the first season. The eastern lobe had remains of Roman and Islamic date immediately below the surface and there was no subsequent work undertaken there. The western lobe, on the other hand, had no significant post-Early Bronze Age material and excavation was carried out in several places. The photograph below shows the excavations in 1993 in the Lower Town in the upper levels of Trench 40/34. Parallel mudbrick walls can clearly be seen, with later intrusive pits cutting the associated surfaces and walls in several places.

Expanded operations in the Lower Town included an excavation of 1,000 square meters in 1996. Note the street running roughly north- south and the well preserved limestone wall foundations of a late Early Bronze Age structure (Building Unit 5). The streets were made with thick layers of broken potsherds. The floors of the buildings were usually packed earth, with cobbled surfaces found in open courtyards. Subfloor drains and subterranean burial crypts were also common in the architecture from the site.