Çatalhöyük: A Prehistoric Settlement on the Konya Plain

Ian Hodder

in The Oxford Handbook of Ancient Anatolia

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780195376142
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

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 Çatalhöyük: A Prehistoric Settlement on the Konya Plain

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This article discusses findings from excavations at Çatalhöyük. There is limited evidence for specialized and differentiated economic, political, and social functions at Çatalhöyük. Rather, the effect of a “town” (a large agglomeration of people living packed against each other) is produced by the repetition of social behavior within houses. Daily acts were heavily routinized and reconfirmed the social order. People were brought up within daily routines through which they learned the roles and rules of society. In addition, these rules and conventions were set within an elaborate symbolic system that centered around wild animals and the ancestors buried beneath the floors.

Keywords: excavations; archaeological sites; town; social behavior; social order; daily routines

Article.  6460 words. 

Subjects: Archaeology ; Archaeology of the Near East

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