Humans and Landscapes of Çatalhöyük: Reports from the 2000-2008 Seasons, Volume 8
BacklistSeries: Monumenta Archaeologica 30
Publication Date: Nov 2013
Price: Hb $89.00
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The Neolithic site of Çatalhöyük in Turkey has been world famous since the 1960s, when excavations revealed the large size and dense occupation of the settlement, as well as the spectacular wall paintings and reliefs uncovered inside the houses. Since 1993, an international team of archaeologists, led by Ian Hodder, has been carrying out new excavations and research, in order toshed more light on the people who inhabited the site.
This volume, one of four copublished with the British Institute of Archaeology at Ankara, reports on the results of excavations in 2000–2008 that have provided a wealth of new data on the ways in which the Çatalhöyük settlement and environment were occupied.
The first section explores how houses, open areas, and middens in the settlement were central to the daily lives of the inhabitants; the second section studies their subsistence practices; and the third examines the evidence from the skeletons of those buried inside the houses to understand the health, diet, lifestyle, associations, and burial practices of those who lived there. A complex picture emerges of a relatively decentralized society, large in size, but small-scale in terms of organization, dwelling within a mosaic patchwork of environments.