Skip to comments.Layers of clustered apartments hide artifacts of ancient urban life
Posted on 04/20/2005 9:26:57 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
But because of the spectacular female clay figures that the archaeologists have found in the excavated layers over the years, Çatalhöyük has become a draw for modern believers who hold to the idea that the neolithic people were ruled by a matriarchy whose central figure was a mother goddess... But to Ian Hodder of Stanford and Ruth Tringham of Berkeley, who will lead the expedition's 11th season at Çatalhöyük this summer, the evidence questions the notion of a mother goddess and a matriarchal society... Mellaart's mother goddess was found in a grain bin, and the Hodder team's 3-inch figurine was found amid trash left in a grave, suggesting they were something less than figures of worship or power.
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"I find it difficult to link all the figures and the wall paintings with the idea of a goddess," Hodder said. "I see them more as depictions of daily life, and our evidence so far doesn't suggest anything else."
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Apparently the site owed its economic life and existence to the obsidian trade.New Dig at 9,000-Year-Old City Is Changing Views on Ancient Life"Mellaart saw Catalhoyuk as divided into shrines and nonshrines," said the project director, Ian Hodder, a Cambridge University archaeologist, as he paused near houses under excavation. "He saw shrines and an elite priestly group living in one area. Mellaart looked at the site through the eyes of Mesopotamia and later urban societies and viewed it as politically complex. We're seeing it as large but politically simple without a class or elite with specialized functions."
by Edward Demarco
November 11, 1997
By "multiracial" the author means, "there aren't enough remains to make any such determination; no genetic studies have been made; that race is actually nonexistent; and I'm just spouting propaganda."
Catal Huyuk:The oldest layer of Catal Huyuk yet excavated (virgin soil has not been reached) is reliably carbon dated to 6,500 B.C,, and reveals a thriving, completely developed and planned, city... Twelve successive layers of building, representing distinct stages of the city and reflecting different eras of its history, have been found. The top layers of the mound, containing the most recent buildings, are dated at 5,600 B.C... At a time when a "big" town like early Hacilar had ten houses, Catal Huyuk was a multiracial city of 6,000 people.
The Temple City of Prehistoric Anatolia
by Wllliam Carl Eichman
Gnosis Magazine Spring 1990
One could look at Italy, the history and structures, and imagine that it is politically complex.
But if you ask an Italian about the government affairs today, he will say, "No one cares."
Rather simple for the majority of the population.
Turkish Wall Painting "Is First News Story"British researchers working in Turkey have matched the erupting volcano in an ancient wall painting, discovered in the oldest known town, with a twin-peaked mountain 100 miles away. The wall painting depicts the plan of an unknown town with the oddly shaped volcano erupting behind it... Now Turkish, French and British geologists believe they have found the volcano. Hasan Dag, 100 miles from Çatalhöyük. Below the volcano is the ancient site of Aflkl Höyük, thought to be a precursor of Çatalhöyük.
by Alsling Irwin
July 28, 1997
A Weaver's View of the Çatal Hüyük ControversyIn was enlightening to read Mellaart's excavation reports from the 1960s  as well as other early writings. Contradictions between those texts and the current work indicated more than a runaway kilim theory and an overly fertile imagination at work. Technical and stylistic problems now combined with incriminating disclosures to reveal what seemed to be careless, poorly conceived fabrications -- possibly a deliberate hoax.
by Marla Mallett
very interesting "landscape painting".
Yeah, one of the online versions of the photo calls it a "volcano goddess", meaning that the alleged moderns have goddesses on the brain.
The "volcano" looks very much like a stretched out animal hide to me.
Humanitys Greatest Calamity: An Ancient Flood Changed the Course of Civilization
Source: discovering archeology com
Published: 15 August 2001 Author: BRIAN FAGAN
Posted on 08/31/2001 19:20:50 PDT by aculeus
New Discoveries In Syria Confirm Theory On Spread Of Early Civilization
Newswise.com | 6-2-2002 | Carrie Golus
Posted on 06/03/2002 1:42:03 PM PDT by blam
Oldest Swords Found In Turkey (3,300BC)
Discovery Channel | 3-25-2003 | Rossella Lorenzi
Posted on 03/30/2003 4:37:06 PM PST by blam
by Michael Balter
"While searching for the origins of the mysterious Sea Peoples, the flamboyant British archaeologist James Mellaart found the worlds largest Stone Age city."
(has a nice sidebar regarding the "Dorak Affair", an event forty years ago that caused the gov't of Turkey to ban Mellaart from excavating any site in that country.
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