IRON AGE ASIRETS (TRIBES) IN EASTERN ANATOLIA


Erdem A. Ü.

TUBA-AR-TURKISH ACADEMY OF SCIENCES JOURNAL OF ARCHAEOLOGY, cilt.14, ss.59-68, 2011 (AHCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 14
  • Basım Tarihi: 2011
  • Dergi Adı: TUBA-AR-TURKISH ACADEMY OF SCIENCES JOURNAL OF ARCHAEOLOGY
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.59-68

Özet

An overall assessment of both the archaeological evidence and as well the written documents indicate tribal organizations, not unlike present-day "asiret"s had already emerged in Eastern Anatolia by the beginning of the Iron Ages. This paper discusses the existence of semi-nomadic asirets/tribes in the Early Iron Age and their continuation into the Urartian period. In visualizing the active role played by the asirets/tribes during the Urartian state system, comparisons with the status of asirets/tribes within the Ottoman Empire sets an excellent analogy, as the tribes of eastern Anatolia, as the tribes constituted a major component of the Ottoman state system. The present day asirets in Eastern Turkey were also considered in reviewing the modalities of asiret and state relations during the Iron Ages.