Substantive technologies at Çatalhöyük: reports from the 2000-2008 seasons: Çatal Research Project vol. 9 [Hardback]

Ian Hodder (Editor)

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ISBN: 9781898249313 | Published by: British Institute at Ankara | Series: British Institute at Ankara Monograph | Volume: 48 | Year of Publication: 2013 | Language: English 300p, 250 illustrations and 50 tables

Substantive technologies at Çatalhöyük: reports from the 2000-2008 seasons


The Neolithic site of Çatalhöyük in Turkey has been world famous since the 1960s when excavations revealed the large size and dense occupation of the settlement, as well as the spectacular wall paintings and reliefs 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 who inhabited the site. The present volume reports on the results of excavations in 2000-2008 that have provided a wealth of new data on the ways in which humans became increasingly engaged in their material environment such that ‘things’ came to play an active force in their lives. A substantial and heavy involvement was with alluvial clays that surrounded the site. In the absence of large local stone, humans became increasingly involved in the extraction and manipulation of clay for a wide range of purposes – from bricks to ovens, pots and figurines. This heavy use of clays led to changes in the local environment that interacted with human activity, as indicated in the first section of the volume. In the second section, other examples of material technologies are considered all of which in various ways engage humans in specific dependencies and relationships. For example, large-scale studies of obsidian trade have drawn a complex picture of changing interactions between humans over time. The volume concludes with an integrated account of the uses of materials at Çatalhöyük based on the analysis of heavy residue samples from all contexts at the site.

Table of Contents

Introduction: becoming entangled in things – Ian Hodder 8,000 (word length)

A settlement of clay
Sourcing clays – Chris Doherty 12,000
An archaeology of mudbrick houses – Serena Love 10,000
Building materials – Mirjana Stevanovic 12,000
Biographies of architectural materials and buildings: integrating high-resolution micro-analysis and geochemistry - Matthews, W., Almond, M.J., Anderson, E., Wiles, J., and Stokes, H. 10,000
Ovens and hearths – Sonya Atalay and Sheena 5,000
Floor chemistry – Bill Middleton 4,000
Ceramics – Nurcan Yalman et al (including section on sourcing by Chris Doherty) 14,000
Pottery residues – Sharmini Pitter 4,000
Figurines – Lynn Meskell and Carrie Nakamura 12,000
Stamp seals – Ali Umut Türkcan 5,000
Clay balls – Sonya Atalay 8,000
Clay objects – Lucy Bennison-Chapman 5,000

Demanding technologies
Groundstone – Katherine Wright 10,000
Chipped stone – Tristan Carter and Marina Milic 14,000
Worked bone – Nerissa Russell 6,000
Baskets – Willeke Wendrich 3,000
Metal – Thilo Rehren and Tom Birch 4,000
Pyrotechnology – Karl Harrison 4,000
Paints – Duygu Çamurcuoğlu 5,000
Beads – Rose Bains 8,000

An integrated perspective on the uses of materials at Çatalhöyük based on the analysis of heavy residues – Milena Vasic and Slobodan Mitrovic 12,000

CD – additional figures (50) and images (50) and tables (25)

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