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Posted January 17, 2005
Science writer Michael Balter does justice to one of the most interesting (yet relatively unknown) archaelogical digs in the world. At its height around 7000 BC Catalhoyuk, on the Konya plain in Turkey, was home to as many 8,000 people, the largest gathering of human beings in one place up until then. What brought these people together? How did they live day to day? What was their culture like? All these questions and more are explored in the finely written The Goddess and The Bull. But Mr. Balter goes further and tells the fascinating story of how Catalhoyuk was rediscovered by James Mellaart in 1958 and its tortured history since then. He also gives the armchair archaeologist just enough information to have a handle on how archaeologists work without overloading the reader with arcane information. I highly recommend this book!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 3, 2011
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