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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The comparable sizes of the dwellings throughout the city illustrate an early type of urban layout based on community and egalitarian ideals. Heads of animals, especially of cattle, were mounted on walls. Excavations have shown that the rooms huyui used not long after the bodies were buried or after the pits were reopened and new bodies were placed inside. In addition to extensive use of archaeological science, psychologists’ and artists’ interpretations of the symbolism of the wall paintings have also been employed.

The most recent investigations also reveal little social distinction based on gender, with men and women receiving equivalent nutrition and seeming to have equal social status, as typically found in Paleolithic cultures. Stamp seal, small terracotta. They found one similar figurine, but the vast majority did not imitate the Mother Goddess style that Mellaart suggested.

Disjointed bones in some graves suggest that bodies hyyuk have been exposed in the open air for a time before the bones were gathered and buried. Houses were built touching against each other. However, hunting continued to be a major source of food for the community. The people of Catal Huyuk wove baskets of reeds. Many of the buildings contained rooms with platforms and scaffolds, some with two or three tiers, with life-size plaster heads of bulls, sheep and goats, with real horns, on them.

Hodder, Getting to the Bottom of Thing: The skull was the first plastered skull found at Catalhoyuk.

Since houses were built touching each other the roofs must have acted as streets! If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond ‘fair use’, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner. The interior walls were made of mud brick covered by plaster, often multiple layers of it, on which sometimes murals were painted. It features a unique streetless settlement of houses clustered back to back with roof access into the buildings.


Depressions for holding pots and other small stores were built below caal floor. Cata, complex settlement was described by Mellaart as the earliest city in the world. There are full breasts on which the hands rest, and the stomach is extended in the central part. Perhaps the importance of female imagery was related to some special role of the female huyu, relation to death as much as to the roles of mother and nurturer. Two hills form the 37 ha site on the Southern Anatolian Plateau.


Collections of clay balls have been found in the hearths and oven. In the end he was forced to leave Turkey and barred from carrying out archeological work by the Turkish government following a scandal involving the reported theft of artifacts.

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They only way out of the house was via the stairway to the roof. However, hunting continued to be a major source of meat for the community. The stately goddess seated on a throne flanked by two lionesses illustration was found in a grain bin, which Mellaart caral might have been a means of ensuring the harvest or protecting the food supply.

Some restrictions may apply to use of individual images which are separately licensed. Taking it apart enable users to revisit the past. Interestingly, examination of bone refuse shows that the majority of the meat which was consumed was of wild animals, especially bulls. The number of female and male skulls found during the excavations is almost equal.

Although this hiyuk indicate that the society was a matriarchy, what men and women ate and drank indicated there was no social status differentiation between the sexes. One explanation for this is that marshes provided a water source and food such as fish and waterfowl.

Rooms with concentrations of these items may have been shrines or public meeting areas. We do not know what the people of Catal Huyuk believed but religion was obviously important to them. The making of pottery and the construction of obsidian tools were major industries.


Bushel with ibex motifs. He has theorized that before Neolithic people could be comfortable with the idea of being settled farmers they had to tame their wild nature and they did this through their art and religionwhich were so important to the people of Catalhoyuk that they located their town where it was for aesthetic reasons, namely to collect clay from the local marshes to make goddess figures.

It is believed each building was occupied by a family with five to ten members. Check dam Cistern Flush toilet Reservoir Water well. In addition to extensive use of archaeological sciencepsychological and artistic interpretations of the symbolism of the wall paintings have been employed.

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It seems likely that this was cwtal there was an abundant supply of the soft plaster histoy and firing lime to make it hard requires a lot of fuel, which would have rapidly used up the wood supplies in the area. The walls and the floors of the houses are covered in plaster, renewed annually, and the walls in most houses are decorated with panels of red. The bins in the houses suggest they all had similar storage capacity for agricultural produce.

The more likely explanation is that the marshes were sources of clay that was essential to make the plaster used to renovate their dwelling and was a source material for religious figures.

History of the Excavations

However, it is more properly described as a large village rather than a true town, city, or civilization. As many as eighteen levels of settlement have been uncovered. This showed that early farming emerged here very early as it dd in the Levant and adjacent areas of the Middle East. The eastern mound has two peaks, which suggests that perhaps the town was divided into two intermarrying kin groups, further supported by the fact no other settled communities have been found that could have supplied people to marry.

The ribs and vertebrae are clear, as are the scapulae and the main pelvic bones….