Goddess and the Bull: Çatalhöyük: An Archaeological Journey to the Dawn of Civilization / Edition 1

Goddess and the Bull: Çatalhöyük: An Archaeological Journey to the Dawn of Civilization / Edition 1

by Michael Balter, John-Gordon Swogger
     
 

ISBN-10: 1598740695

ISBN-13: 9781598740691

Pub. Date: 03/31/2006

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Veteran science writer Michael Balter skillfully weaves together many threads in this fascinating book about one of archaeology’s most legendary sites— Çatalhöyük. First excavated forty years ago, the site is justly revered by prehistorians, art historians, and New Age goddess worshippers alike for its spectacular finds dating almost

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Veteran science writer Michael Balter skillfully weaves together many threads in this fascinating book about one of archaeology’s most legendary sites— Çatalhöyük. First excavated forty years ago, the site is justly revered by prehistorians, art historians, and New Age goddess worshippers alike for its spectacular finds dating almost 10,000 years ago. Archaeological maverick Ian Hodder, leader of the recent re-excavation at this Turkish mound, designated Balter as the project’s biographer. The result is a skillful telling of many stories about both past and present: of the inhabitants of Neolithic Çatalhöyük and the development of human creativity and ingenuity, as revealed in the recent excavation; of James Mellaart, the original excavator, whose troubles off the mound eventually overshadowed his incisive work at the site; of Hodder and his intense, brilliant crew who marveled and squabbled over the meaning of finds in dusty trenches while attempting to reintepret Mellaart’s work; and of the recent history of the theory and methods of archaeology itself. Part story of the human past, part soap opera of modern scholarly life, part textbook on the practice of modern archaeology, this book should appeal to general readers and archaeological students alike.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781598740691
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
03/31/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

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Table of Contents

Contents Introduction

1 "It's Neolithic!"

2 A Prehistoric Art Gallery

3 The Dorak Affair

4 Ian Hodder

5 Return to Çatalhöyük

6 On the Surface

7 At the Trowel's Edge

8 Dear Diary

9 The Neolithic Revolution

10 The Domesticated Human

11 Fault Lines and Homecomings

12 Burning Down the House

13 "Always Momentary, Fluid and Flexible"

14 The Long Season

15 Till Death Us Do Part

16 Taming the Wild

17 The Goddess and the Bull Epilogue Notes Bibliography Acknowledgments Index


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