Çatalhöyük is a large Neolithic and Chalcolithic site in Central Anatolia, located southeast of Konya. It was originally excavated in the 1960s by James Mellaart. Çatalhöyük is is the largest and most well preserved Neolithic settlement in the Near East and is thus of major archaeological significance. It is characterised by its spectacular wall paintings and other art found within the houses which were densely packed on the mound.

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Çatalhöyük is a rare example of an early farming community and therefore is highly significant in research on the origins of agriculture and social organisation in early farming communities. The archaeobotany programme at Çatalhöyük is attempting to integrate the archaeobotanical evidence with all aspects of the site’s symbolic and cultural elements to provide a holistic understanding of the society, economy, and environment of the site. SCALE has been involved since 2003 in the archaeobotany programme at the site with the team being led by Dr Mike Charles, Dr Amy Bogaard (Oxford) and Prof Glynis Jones.

Relevant publications

Bogaard, A., Charles, M., Twiss, K., Fairbairn, A., Yalman, N., Filipoviğ, D., Demirergi, G.A., Ertuğ, F., Russell, N., Henecke, J., 2009. Private pantries and celebrated surplus: storing and sharing food at Neolithic Çatalhöyük, Central Anatolia. Antiquity 83, 649-668.

Twiss, K., Bogaard, A., Charles, M., Henecke, J., Russell, N., Martin, L., Jones, G., 2009. Plants and animals together: interpreting organic remains from building 52 at Çatalhöyük. Current Anthropology 50, 885-895.

Çatalhöyük archive reports.