By David Hopkins
This choice of essays experiences fresh paintings in Anatolia. Many papers talk about Hittite faith and tradition, together with the 1st English-language dialogue, via Peter Neve, of the good Temple at Hattusa. Others evaluation paintings at later websites together with Aphrodisias and Sardis.
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Morphological differences can be explained by reference to a simple rule of spatial syntax. Conclusions A lthough we need substantially more analysis of the material— we have only scratched the surface—the similarities between the two domestic structures from two sites separated by hundreds of kilometers and forming part of different cultural and political spheres argue for the existence of a panMesopotamian idea of urban planning and organization of space, one that is shared across otherwise independent, and perhaps even competing, polities.
In one case, the terracing step followed the main east–west street, in another, it occurred around an open communal “midblock” between structures. The midblock served essentially as a shared “backyard,” possibly with no access from the street, except through one or more of the domestic units. The placement of the terracing steps, their size, as well as their shared natures, manifest a degree of planning above the level of the individual household. Uniform Plot Size One of the most striking patterns observed in the field at Titris¸ was the presence of very uniform-sized plots of land.
Similarly, as inhabitants used these structures over a span of many generations, they made significant modifications and rebuilt these structures. Despite this variability, it is still useful to consider the regularities seen in the original architectural footprint. Four observations illustrate town planning: the regularity and longevity of the street system; terracing; the use of a uniform plot size for construction; and the alignment of walls and major architectural divisions. Each of these sources of evidence is briefly outlined below.