Courtyards in Ancient Anatolia: a Discussion of the Architectural Features of Open Spaces from the Neolithic Age to the End of the Bronze Age

AYDIN Ö., Gasco G., Cetinturk N.

GAZI UNIVERSITY JOURNAL OF SCIENCE, vol.27, no.2, pp.823-837, 2014 (ESCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 27 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.823-837
  • Keywords: Ancient Anatolia, Anatolian Architecture, Courtyard
  • Gazi University Affiliated: Yes


This study applies a method that evaluates the use of an architectural element in a specific place and time by referring to a discussion begun by other scholars. In accordance with the definition and classification advanced by this study, the article proposes a re-evaluation of spaces previously identified as courtyards in research and publications regarding the development of Anatolian architecture from the Neolithic Age to historic ages. Courtyards and other open spaces are discussed in this study, and a new classification is suggested to frame the use of courtyards in Ancient Anatolian architecture better.