The Curious Case of Çatalhöyük

An Excavation Story at ANAMED in Koç: The story of the uncovering of a life of 7100 years ago in our own soil at the Çatalhöyük exhibition. The beginning date of the excavation starts from 1993. The story of the excavation at the show is told in different ways with different methods, it is suggested that you spend enough time in each one. If you happen to pass by Konya one day, you should take the time to see this historical heritage.


I walked in about 1 hour without skipping any information in the exhibition hall. When you enter the exhibition area, there is a chronological story of the archaeological dig of Çatalhöyük in the wide corridor. The most important developments belonging to each year from 1993 to the present day are transmitted to the audience. In 1995, the excavation of the first building (Building 1) of the Çatalhöyük Research Project started. In 2004, a mother goddess figure made of limestone and quite worn was found. In 2008, the area known as the temple where bull horns, pedestals and wall paintings were discovered was discovered. In 2012 Çatalhöyük entered UNESCO World Cultural Heritage list. During the excavations in 2013, the world’s oldest linen was found in the North Area. The excavation was planned to be completed by August 2017.


Digits related to excavation are summarized in an infographic: 27 inland, 33000 units, 47 different countries participated, 1170 researchers worked. As a result of the study, 595 places were defined, 461 articles were published, 7900 architectural elements were defined, 18 layers were identified and 162 buildings were laid on soil. On the other side of the pan, there are companies that provide excavation sponsorship in the process of uncovering cultural heritage according to years: Shell, Turkish Friends of Çatalhöyük, Arup, Eczacıbaşı, Meptur, Glaxo Welcome, British Airways, Merko, Boeing, , Thames Water, Pepsi, Visa International, Konya Şeker, Trimble, Konya Şeker, Hedel Alliance, Konya Cement, Konya Commodity Exchange, Adam Mıckıewicz University, Sunny Buffalo, University of Gdansk, Alexander Von Humbolldt listed.

8 main areas (North Area, South Area, IST Area, West Höyük, Bach Area, KOPAL Area, TP Area, Children’s Workshop) on the excavation map of the excavation map is displayed on the map with 8 red buttons. It offered. The North Area (also called Kırka Kırk Alanı), which was excavated in 1995, was excavated in order to examine the social life and was different due to its different structure in the South Area, while the southern area was the first excavation work of James Melloart in Çatalhöyük in 1961 and the first traces of Çatalhöyük were excavated. it was thought that the clans lived. The IST Field shows the area where the Istanbul University team excavated between 2005 and 2008. KOPAL Field In 1999, at the end of the eastern mound of the University of Liverpool researchers, a narrow trench was dug and a field name (Konya Ovası Paleo Environmental Surveys) was taken from here to investigate flood deposits. The TP (Team Poznan) Area represents the area where a group of researchers from the Poznan University in Poland studied the last 400 years of the 1100-year history of the settlement. The Bach Field (Berkeley Archaeologists) is the northern part of the eastern Çatalhöyük where work by the team of the Berkeley University of California was conducted between 1997 and 2003.


In the next field, exploration are explained one by one. During the excavation, Harris Matrix, an important systematic network, was used to establish the right relationships. Harris Matrix is defined as a system that facilitates the historical confusion of Çatalhöyük with its departure from the unit / element / space / building relationship.

Another area includes information on excavation techniques, the importance of daily keeping of excavators, the exchange of ideas on the areas where laborers work together by digging excavators at least 3 times a week, and the prioritized tours where the current situation is analyzed and discussed. All of these are said to be important factors affecting the course of the excavation.



There is a digital library of photographs of excavated material on the wall just opposite the excavation technique. When you place a material from the library in the digital domain, detailed information about it is displayed on the screen. It was extremely enjoyable to spend time in this interactive area.



At the end of the day the excavated material was brought to the laboratories and the excavator was left to the laboratory experts. These laboratory environments are created in the exhibition space named Laboratory. The first tasks of the finds laboratories were to wash, build and record the remains. Accurate recording of the finder environment is extremely vital to the proper analysis of experts. From the point of being able to do the right analysis, as much as the excavators, the importance of the laboratory staff comes to the forefront.

At the end of the exhibition hall you can go to Çatalhöyük tour with virtual reality glasses. Pleasant sightseeing.

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