Period VI C (2750-2500 BC) marked the beginning of a new cultural phase at Arslantepe. After a period of abandonment, the settlement was occupied by few and semi-sedentary people and was characterized by pits for food storage and garbage, and circular slightly sunken areas/huts coated with mud.

In a later phase of the period, the upper part of the mound was occupied by a complex of dwellings, with large square rooms and stout stone foundations, which will be re-used in the next period (VI D). The subdivision of the internal spaces and the domestic equipment changed considerably from the previous period (VI B2) with the emergence of a new type of vaulted oven and hearths with horseshoe-shaped shoulder, which replace the previous simple circular hearths with a central hole.

The groups who occupied the Malatya plain in this period must have been fairly mobile, perhaps moving regularly, as also indicated by the Italian Expedition’s discovery in the Sixties of a small seasonal pastoralist site on the rocky slopes of Gelinciktepe, facing Arslantepe.

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