ARSLANTEPE I. ULUSLARARASI ARKEOLOJİ SEMPOZYUMU, Malatya, Türkiye, 4 - 06 Ekim 2018, sa.71, ss.203-215
Archeological research carried out for many years in the Euphrates Region, have proved that the region had a very important place in terms of metallurgical activities.
The works, which have been continued within the scope of the Ilısu Dam and HEPP Projects over the last twenty years, have shown that the Upper Tigris Region had also an
advanced organization in terms of metallurgical activities. Especially at the beginning of the 3rd millennium BC, Arslantepe in the Upper Euphrates Region and Başur Höyük in
the Upper Tigris Region (fig. 1) are the key settlements for their regions in order to understand the developments’ dynamics because they had some complex funerary
customs such as human sacrifice and their extraordinary metalwork represented a difference which had not been seen in any other contemporary settlement. In this paper,
we aim to focus on the significance of metal for the local communities by taking in hand the tombs and rich metal objects in burial contexts dated to the beginnings of the 3rd
millennium BC revealed at Arslantepe and Başur Höyük located in these two regions rich in terms of raw material.