The archaeological terminology used to define Central Anatolia’s Neolithic was traditionally taken from Levantine, Northern Syrian and South-eastern Anatolian regional cultural sequences. The transfer of Levantine terminologies to Central Anatolian sites has been fraught with difficulties given the lack of a complete cultural sequence within Central Anatolia. Chronological sequences, which are based on single elements, such as lithics, or the presence or absence of pottery, fails to represent Central Anatolian sites where exploitation patterns and the environment are emphasized (Özbaşaran and Buitenhuis 2002).
Members of the Central Anatolian Neolithic Workshop Group (CANeW), led by Mirhiban Özbaşaran and Hijlke Buitenhuis, have developed an independent regional terminology for Central Anatolia (2002). CANeW’s proposed terminologies aim to create an overall picture of the region that incorporates changes in the structure and socio-economy of sites as they adopt new economic strategies. CANeW’s terminologies cover the period between hunter-gathers and the beginning of urbanism.