Humans and Landscapes of Çatalhöyük: Reports from the 2000-2008 Seasons, Volume 8


Series: Monumenta Archaeologica 30
ISBN: 978-1-898249-30-6
Publication Date: Nov 2013
Price: Hb $89.00
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Ian Hodder

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. 

Humans and Landscapes of ÇatalhöyükThis 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. 

Humans and Landscapes of Çatalhöyük

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.

Humans and Landscapes of Çatalhöyük

Table of Contents

Part 1: Introduction

  • Ch. 01: Introduction: Dwelling at Çatalhöyük by Ian Hodder

Part 2: Dwelling at Çatalhöyük

  • Ch. 02: Sampling and Mapping Çatalhöyük by Camilla Mazzucato
  • Ch. 03: Ecology, Diet and Discard Practices: New Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Study of
  • Middens through Integrating Micromorphological, Phytolith and Geochemical Analyses by Lisa-Marie Shillito, Wendy Matthews & Matthew J. Almond
  • Ch. 04: Integrated Geochemical and Microscopic Analysis of Human Coprolites, Animal Dung and
  • Organic Remains in Burials by Lisa-Marie Shillito, Ian D. Bull, Wendy Matthews, Matthew J. Almond & Richard P. Evershed

Part 3: Dwelling in the Çatalhöyük Landscape

  • Ch. 05: Micro-freshwater Gastropods at Çatalhöyük as Environmental Indicators by Burçin A. Gümüş & Daniella E. Bar-Yosef Mayer
  • Ch. 06: Unio shells from Çatalhöyük: Preliminary Palaeoclimatic Data from Isotopic Analyses by Daniella E. Bar-Yosef Mayer, Melanie J. Leng, David C. Aldridge, Carol Arrowsmith, Burçin A. Gümüş & Hilary J. Sloane
  • Ch. 07: The Archaeobotany of Mid-later Occupation Levels at Neolithic Çatalhöyük by Amy Bogaard, Michael Charles, Alex Livarda, Müge Ergun, Dragana Filipovic& Glynis Jones
  • Ch. 08: Woodland Vegetation, Firewood Management and Woodcrafts at Neolithic Çatalhöyük by Eleni Asouti
  • Ch. 09: Plant Exploitation from Household and Landscape Perspectives: the Phytolith Evidence by Philippa Ryan
  • Ch. 10: Starch Granules and Complex Carbohydrates at Çatalhöyük by Karen Hardy, Renee van de Locht, Julie Wilson & Osman Tugay
  • Ch. 11: More on the Çatalhöyük Mammal Remains by Nerissa Russell, Katheryn C. Twiss, David C. Orton
  • Ch. 12: The Çatalhöyük Microfauna by Emma Jenkins & Lisa Yeomans
  • Ch. 13: Human and Animal Diets as Evidenced by Stable Carbon and Nitrogen Isotope Analysis by Jessica Pearson
  • Ch. 14: Oxygen Stable Isotope and Dental Microwear Evidence of Herding Practices at Çatalhöyük by Elizabeth Henton
  • Ch. 15: The Exploitation of Fish at Çatalhöyük by Wim Van Neer, Ronald Gravendeel, Wim Wouters & Nerissa Russell
  • Ch. 16: Mollusc Exploitation at Çatalhöyük by Daniella E. Bar-Yosef Mayer

Part 4: Humans and their Lifestyles

  • Ch. 17: The Human Remains I: Interpreting Community Structure, Health and Diet in Neolithic Çatalhöyük by Simon W. Hillson, Clark Spencer Larsen, Başak Boz, Marin A. Pilloud,Joshua W. Sadvari, Sabrina C. Agarwal, Bonnie Glencross, Patrick Beauchesne,Jessica Pearson, Christopher B. Ruff, Evan M. Garofalo, Lori D. Hager & Scott D. Haddow
  • Ch. 18: The Human Remains II: Interpreting Lifestyle and Activity in Neolithic Çatalhöyük by Clark Spencer Larsen, Simon W. Hillson, Christopher B. Ruff, Joshua W. Sadvari,& Evan M. Garofalo
  • Ch. 19: Intramural Burial Practices at Çatalhöyük by Başak Boz & Lori D. Hager
  • Ch. 20: The Çatalhöyük Burial Assemblage by Carolyn Nakamura & Lynn Meskell