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Catal Huyuk was one of the world’s first towns. It was built in what is now Turkey about 6, BC not long after farming began. Catal Huyuk probably had a. Catal Huyuk is one of the oldest towns ever found by archaeologists, dating back more than years. While only having been excavated. The excavations at Çatalhöyük have now been running for more than 50 years. Prior to the earliest investigations of the site in the midth century, locals in the .

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Obsidian tools were probably both used and traded for items such as Mediterranean sea shells and flint from Syria. The eastern settlement forms a mound which would have risen about 20 meters 65 ft above the plain at the time of the latest Neolithic occupation. Hittite Capital of Hattusa Safranbolu. Up to eighteen levels of settlement have been uncovered.

These heads may have been used in rituals, as some were found in other areas of the community. Food is produced by agriculture, with the cultivation of wheat and barley, and by the breeding of cattle.

From Wikibooks, open books for an open world. This page was last edited on 19 Decemberat Typical houses contained two rooms for everyday activity, such as cooking and crafting. They did not have doors and houses were entered through hatches in roofs. The wall was likely used to prevent flooding from the nearby Jordan River and was an unprecedented innovation in human history. Female figurines have been found within bins used for storage of cerealssuch as wheat and barleyand the figurines are presumed to be of a deity protecting the grain.

He believes that before humans could domesticate the wild plants and animals around them, they had to tame their own nature—-what he calls a psychological process—-which is expressed in their art. Judging from scraps and materials found around the hearth, the hearth areas were used to chip obsidian into tools and make beads as well as cook.


They also made pottery and they used obsidian, a hard volcanic rock to hisotry tools and weapons. Figurines were highly symbolic and ranged from hunted or domesticated animals to men with erect phalluses, to cayal “Seated Woman of Catal Huyuk”. The number of female and male skulls found during the excavations is almost equal.

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The earliest known textile fragments. People in Catal Huyuk wore clothes woven from wool. Mellaart was banned from Turkey for his involvement in the Dorak affair in which he uhyuk drawings of supposedly important Bronze Age artifacts that later went missing.

History of the Excavations | Çatalhöyük Research Project

They herded sheep and goats and evidence suggests the beginning of cattle domestication as well. In addition to meat and milk, the cattle provide transport as beasts of burden. Her arms sit on feline arm rests. They also mounted bull’s skulls on the walls of some buildings historry covered them in plaster ctal resemble living heads.

People must have walked across them. It features a unique streetless settlement of houses clustered back to back with roof access into the buildings. Buildings were made of clay and straw bricks held together by mud dried in the sun. Each house seemed to have its own hearth set away from the wallsdomed oven set into the wallsobsidian caches, storage rooms, and work rooms. Additional rooms were used as storage. Bull skulls have been found molded into the walls and floors.

Instead of a Mother Goddess culture, Hodder points out that the site gives little indication of a matriarchy or huyyk.

Catal Huyuk

Archaeologists identified very little rubbish in the buildings, finding middens outside the ruins, with sewage and food waste, as well as significant amounts of wood ash. A team of Australian archaeologists headed by Dr Andrew Fairbairn from the University of Queensland think it may hold caal clues to a key transformation in human history: Clustered in a honeycomb-like maze, it consists of two mounds on either side of an ancient channel of the Carsamba River on the fertile Konya Plain.


A Global History from Prehistory to the Present. Credits New World Encyclopedia writers and editors rewrote and completed the Wikipedia article in accordance with New World Encyclopedia standards. Archaeological museums in Turkey. Bury the dead under houses was common in early agricultural villages in the Near East. Heads of bulls and other cstal are also much in evidence, many having been mounted on interior walls of buildings.

This site contains copyrighted material the use of which has not always been authorized by the copyright owner. They are carbonized in a fire and radiocarbon dated to c. The largest mound, Plastered skulls are associated with the Biblical city of Jericho and have been found catall Jordan and Syria.

Arched doorways connected the rooms. Both geometric huyuo figural images were popular in two-dimensional wall.

Rooms with concentrations of these items may have been shrines or public meeting areas. There is also evidence that the settlement was the first place in histor world to mine and smelt metal in the form of lead. An average population of between 5, and 7, is a reasonable estimate.

In good weather, many daily activities may also have taken place on the rooftops, which conceivably formed an open air plaza. Catalhoyuk lay unstudied until a team led by Ian Hodder of the University of Cambridge now at Stanford began working there in Although archaeologists generally discovered little trash in the buildings, dead family members were typically buried beneath the floor or hearth.