Çatalhöyük, oldest city or biggest village?
December 29, 2007 5:55 PM Subscribe
posted by Kattullus (24 comments total)
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Why humans started huddling together in cities is still shrouded in mystery but if the question is ever settled the answer will probably be found in Çatalhöyük
, a settlement of five to eight thousand located in what is now Turkey that came into existence around 7500 BC. The current head archaeologist of the Çatalhöyük Project is Ian Hodder, one of the leading lights in postprocessual archaeology
, who summarized his finding in a recent article in Natural History Magazine
. The Çatalhöyük Project website
is a treasure trove of information about the ancient settlement.
Should the site's sprawling hugeness prove intimidating, I recommend starting with Hodder's introduction
to the 2005 archive report
. Just the photography section
alone is immense, though the flickr page
and illustration gallery
is of manageable size. The illustrator, John Gordon Swogger, has blog archives from the 2005
seasons and includes plenty of images with his writing. Finally, here are interactive 3d visualizations
and a streaming video introduction
where, among other things, you learn how to pronounce Çatalhöyük.