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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Why was the softer plaster used, especially since the hard plaster was found in some of the oldest dwelling? Views Read Edit View history. These principles can be read in the urban plan, architectural structures, wall fatal and burial evidence. The village began with small circular dwellings, burials in the floors of the buildings, the cultivation of wild grains and the use of no pottery. It is believed these buildings were shrines. These latter reliefs, alternatively thought to be bears, goddesses or regular humans, are always represented splayed, with their heads, hands and feet removed, presumably at the time the house was abandoned.

As many as eighteen levels of settlement have been uncovered.


Heads of animals, especially of cattle, were mounted on walls. Evolution of Modern Humans anthro. They grew wheat histoey barley and they raised flocks of sheep and herds of goats.

In later periods, large communal ovens appear to have been built on these rooftops. Heads of bulls and other animals are also much in evidence, many having been mounted on interior walls of buildings. Historic city of Ani. It is also a hkstory at which we see art, both painting and sculpture, appear to play a newly important role in the lives of settled people. University of Chicago Press.

The skull was the first plastered skull found at Catalhoyuk. Sheep were domesticated and evidence suggests the beginning of cattle domestication as well. The floors were plastered and platforms were built in the large room.


Around it today are melon fields and wheat fields. People in Catal Huyuk datal clothes woven from wool. Hodder, a cahal student of Mellaart, chose the site as the first “real world” test of his then-controversial theory of post-processual archaeology. Some restrictions may apply hyuk use of individual images which are separately licensed. The site is exceptional for its substantial size and great longevity of the settlement, its distinctive layout of back-to-back houses with roof access, the presence of a large assemblage of features including wall paintings and reliefs representing the symbolic world of the inhabitants.

These artfully-hewn figurines were found primarily in areas Mellaart believed to be shrines. Daniel Miller wrote in abc.

Catal Huyuk – New World Encyclopedia

Disjointed bones in some graves suggest that bodies may have been exposed in the open air for a time before the bones huyk gathered and buried.

Some of the dead were buried on their sided with their legs drawn to their chest in the fetal position and their arms crossed in front of their chest, holding large objects. Bodies were tightly flexed before burial and were often placed in baskets or wound and wrapped in reed mats. The walls were windowless and tended to be about 40 centimeters thick and 2.

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As the earth emerged from a relatively cold period known as the Younger Dryas between 10, and BCE, the area became more hospitable for human settlement.

Catalhoyuk was first brought to the attention of the world by James Mellart, an English archaeologist who discovered the site and excavated the area between andrevealed 14 levels of occupation, created as people tore down old houses and built new ones, and uncovering buildings. As well as farming the inhabitants of Catal Huyuk also hunted animals like aurochs wild cattlewolves, foxes and leopards.


Although archaeologists generally discovered little trash in the buildings, dead family members were typically buried beneath the floor or hearth. There is also a smaller settlement mound to the uuyuk and a Byzantine settlement a few hundred meters to the east. Benches and platforms were constructed with histlry. Additional rooms were used as storage.

Interestingly, examination of bone refuse shows that the majority of the meat which was consumed was of wild animals, especially bulls.

Combined with the fact that the rooms were kept scrupulously clean, they interior of these buildings looked bright white. But even without windows the rooms could be quite bright in the middle of the day when light shined down from overhead through the roof-top door and reflected off the plaster walls. They were not done in the rooms with plastered art.

The old house was then filled with a mixture of building materials, often very carefully Nobody knows why but it may have been due to climate change. Apart from equality of the sexes, there seems to be no form of socio-economic differentiation, as evidenced by the similarity of all homes without differentiating features.

The Nature of Paleolithic art. The mound itself came into being largely through such gradual accumulation. Figurines were highly symbolic and ranged from hunted or domesticated animals to men with erect phalluses, to the “Seated Woman of Catal Huyuk”. However, hunting continued to be a major source of food for the community. They learned how to perform rituals and how to build or repair houses by watching the adults make statues, beads and other objects.

Access to interior spaces was across roofs—which were made of wood and reeds plastered with mud.