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August 4, 2014:

Social and Economic Changes in the Second Half of the 7th Millennium in the Near East

Location: Çatalhöyük Excavation Site, Turkey

This conference is part of the Polish National Science Centre grant (decision DEC-2012/06/M/H3/00286) aimed at investigating the upper Late Neolithic strata of the East mound at Çatalhöyük and recognizing the demise of the previously vibrant mega-city.

Date: August 2 - 3, 2014

Religion, History and Place in the Origin of Settled Life
Location: Çatalhöyük Excavation Site, Turkey

Location: Çatalhöyük Excavation Site, Turkey

Conference Program

This conference is part of a Templeton-funded project based at Çatalhöyük that is exploring the role of religion and ritual in the origin of settled life.


This Web site is designed for those interested in the ongoing excavations at Çatalhöyük, Turkey. Its aim is to provide information about the activities of the Project and of the different aspects of the research being conducted at Çatalhöyük.

The Neolithic site of Çatalhöyük was first discovered in the late 1950s and excavated by James Mellaart between 1961 and 1965. The site rapidly became famous internationally due to the large size and dense occupation of the settlement, as well as the spectacular wall paintin gs and other art that was uncovered inside the houses.

Since 1993 an international team of archaeologists, led by Ian Hodder, has been carrying out new excavations and research, in order to shed more light on the people that inhabited the site.

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