Catal Hoyuk - atal Hyk: An Urban Supernova Alex White...

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Çatal Höyük: An Urban Supernova Alex White Archeology Professor Eisentraut
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Who? 6 to 10 thousand people Farmers and possibly herders Thought to be female dominant Fertility goddess appears to be principle deity of worship.
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What? Earliest large settlement 32 acres of tightly packed rectangular houses (“bee-hive city”) Advanced symbolic imagery Decorated walls Complex Architecture Rebuilding on old structures Deeply layered settlement mound
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What? (continued) Discovered in 1961 by James Mellaart “It shines like a supernova among the rather dim galaxy of contemporary peasant cultures.” Gordon Childe “urban supernova”
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Where? Located in Central Anatolia near the south end of the Anatolian Plateau. Modern day Turkey 3000 ft. above sea level Center of a fertile wheat producing plain Near Çarsamba River
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Occupied from about 7000 BC to 5400
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