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Asikli Hoyuk, Aksaray

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Aşıklı Höyük is a settlement mound located nearly 1 km south of Kızılkaya village on the bank of the Melendiz brook, and 25 kilometers southeast of Aksaray, Turkey.

Aşıklı Höyük is located in an area covered by the volcanic tuff of central Cappadocia, in Aksaray Province. The archaeological site of Aşıklı Höyük was first settled in the Pre-Pottery Neolithic period, around 8,200 BC.
It is situated 1119.5 metres above sea level, a little higher than the region's average of c. 1000 metres. The site itself is about 4 ha, considerably smaller than the closely situated site of Çatalhöyük (13 ha). The surrounding landscape is formed by erosion of river valleys into tuff deposits. The Melendiz Valley, where the Aşıklı Höyük is located, constitutes a favourable, fertile, and diverse habitat. The proximity to an obsidian source did become the base of a trade with the material supplying areas as far away as today's Cyprus and Iraq.
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  • This historical attraction is on the way from Ihlara Valley to Aksaray. You need to drive into Kizilkaya Village first than take a sharp right turn over the river to reach this place. It is a 10.000.....  more »
  • Not widely advertised, just off the Derinkuyu to Konya road. There is a very interesting mockup of a village as humans lived in way back archaeological times. However the mockup is only a reflection.....  more »
  • The oldest settlement on Cappadocia Region. The area is quite tourist friendly. There are information boards, route arrows and even home replicas. Sadly this place is not popular at all. However, if one wants to understand the history of the region, this area is a must visit. You can see how people who lived 10.000 years ago constructed houses.
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