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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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Marble statuette, height Rooms with concentrations of these items may have been shrines or public meeting areas.

Catal Huyuk

University of Chicago Press. By BCE, the town had more than 70 of these dwellings, with more than inhabitants. The figurine can be interpreted in a number of ways – as a woman turning into an ancestor, as a woman associated with death, or as death and life conjoined.

Inside houses were plastered and often had painted murals of people and animals on the walls. Credit is due under the terms of this license that can reference both the New World Encyclopedia contributors and the selfless volunteer contributors of the Wikimedia Foundation. In addition to extensive use of archaeological science, psychologists’ and artists’ interpretations of the symbolism of the wall paintings histofy also been employed.

But our work more recently has tended to show that in fact there is very little evidence of a mother goddess and very little evidence of some sort of female-based matriarchy. In addition to extensive use of archaeological sciencepsychological and artistic interpretations of the symbolism of the wall paintings have been employed. A surplus of food enables specialist crafts to develop. Under these platforms the bones of the dead are buried, to remain part of the family. Archaeologists identified very little trash or rubbish within the buildings, but found that trash heaps outside the ruins contain sewage and food waste as well as significant amounts of wood ash.


They also wore jewelry made of stone, bone and shell. Catalhoyuk Research Project, Institute of Archaeology. In Catal Huyuk cahal were no panes of glass in windows and houses did not have chimneys. As in many early societies, such as Minoan Cretethe bull is a sacred animal.

In a longer adjacent room were an oven and a food basin. Although this might indicate that the society was a matriarchy, what men and women ate and drank indicated there was no social status differentiation between the sexes.


All walls and platforms of the buildings were covered over in smooth plaster. Catal Huyuk was abandoned about 5, BC. Judging from scraps and materials found around the hearth, the catla areas were used to chip obsidian into tools and make beads as well as cook.

They herded sheep and goats and evidence suggests the beginning of cattle domestication as well. Catl to these homes was accessed through holes in the roof and ladders down into the home. Households looked to their neighbors for help, trade, and possible marriage for their children.


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 mud-brick domiciles were crammed together in tightly-packed bunches with no streets or footpaths between one another. Vivid murals and figurines are found throughout the settlement, on interior and exterior walls. Coordinates on Wikidata All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from December In a report in September on the discovery of around figurines Hodder is quoted as saying:.


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In this sense, the roofs of the homes served as the walkway in the village.

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Dr Fairbairn says a ring of huts on the mound are in the process of being unearthed, and archaeologists have found ash and bones in the centre of the huts, potentially signalling either a rubbish dump or meeting area. Raised platforms built along the walls of main rooms were used for sitting, working, and sleeping.

Most were accessed by holes in the ceiling and doors on the side of the houses, with doors reached by ladders and stairs. The early principles of these settlements have been well preserved through the abandonment of the site for several millennia. Only a fraction of the site has been excavated, but it is known to be in continuous occupation from about to BC. Both geometric and figural images were popular in two-dimensional wall.

The largest mound, The to people that lived in Catalhoyuk at a given time were farmers and herders of cattle.