Excavating Catalhuyyk: South, North and Kopal Area Reports from the 1995-99 Seasons

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Ian Hodder's campaigns of excavation at the world-famous Neolithic settlement of Catalhoyuek are one of the largest, most complex, and most exciting archaeological field projects in the world and recognized as agenda-setting not only in terms of our understanding of early farming communities in the Near East, particularly the central role religion played in their daily lives, but also in terms of the interaction between theory and practice in the trenches and on-site laboratories. This volume presents the results of excavation in three areas of the site, known as South, North, and KOPAL, excavated between 1995 and 1999. The book describes aspects of the excavation, recording and sampling methodologies that are necessary for an understanding of the results presented plus it incorporates interpretive discussion. It brings in data from the study of animal bones, lithics, ceramics, micromorphology and the full suite of analyses conducted on the material. These accounts are interspersed with individual specialists' commentaries and conclusions, that mimic the process of collaborative interpretation that takes place during excavation and post-excavation. The 'objective descriptions' of the archaeology are thus exposed as interpretations involving a balancing of a variety of different types of data and scholarly input. Another thought-provoking volume in the Catalhoyuek excavation series which will be read with profit by any archaeologist engaged in working at theory in practice in the field.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781902937274
  • Publisher: McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research
  • Publication date: 3/28/2007
  • Series: Catalhoyuk Research Project 3 Series
  • Pages: 688
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Part 1: Introduction and Synthesis (Ian Hodder with contributions by Craig Cessford, Shahina Farid, Andy Fairbairn, Nerissa Russel, Louise Martin & Sarah Cross May); Introduction to Methods and Approach (Ian Hodder, Craig Cessford & Shahina Farid); Summary of Results (Ian Hodder); Part 2: Neolithic Excavations in the South Area, East Mound, Çatalhöyük 1995-99 (Shahina Farid with contributions by Basak Boz, Craig Cessford, Anwen Cooper, Duncan Garrow, Charlie Newman & Richard Turnbull); Introduction to the South Area Excavations (Shahina Farid); Level Pre-XII-A and Levels XII and XI, Spaces 181, 199 and 198 (Craig Cessford); Level X Relative Heights, Buildings 23 & 18 and Building 9 (); Level IX Relative Heights, Building 2, Buildings 22 & 16 and Building 17 (Shahina Farid); Level VIII: Space 161, Space 162, Building 4, Space 115, Building 21 & 17, Building 6 and Relative Heights of Level VIII (Shahina Farid); Level VII: Space 113, Space 112, Space 105, Space 109, Building 40, Space 106, Spaces 168 & 169, Buildings 8 & 20, Building 24 and Relative Heights of Level VII (Shahina Farid); Level VI.B Space 160 and Concluding Remarks on the South Area Excavations (Shahina Farid); Part 3: Neolithic Excavations in the North Area, East Mound, Çatalhöyük 1995-98 (Craig Cessford with contributions by Gavin Lucas, Adnan Baysal & Åsa Berggren); History of Excavation of Buildings 1 and 5 and Summary of Phases (Craig Cessford); Building 5 (Craig Cessford); Building 1 (Craig Cessford); Overall Discussion of Buildings 1 and 5 (Craig Cessford); Part 4: The KOPAL Research Programme at Çatalhöyük (1996-2001) (Neil Roberts, Peter Boyer & Jamie Merrick with contributions by Warren J. Eastwood & Huw I. Griffiths); The KOPAL On-site and Off-site Excavations and Sampling (Neil Roberts, Peter Boyer & Jamie Merrick); Pollen Analysis at Çatalhöyük (Warren J. Eastwood, Neil Roberts & Peter Boyer).
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