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                                                              002catalhoyuk4.jpg (13407 bytes) Catalhoyuk, which archaeologists reckon to be among the oldest civilized human settlements yet discovered, is located about 55 kilometers from Konya.   It is located 10 kilometers to the east of Cumra, a county of Konya. The first archaeological studies were made by  C. Mellart ' in 1965. Today it is important as the first sample of settlement in Anatolia. It was settled in the early Neolithic period; its history goes back to 9000 B.C. This center sheds light on the prehistory of human beings, with original findings which belong to the first holy buildings and architectural housing. Many excavation finds are displayed in the  Konya Archaeology Museum and the Ankara Anatolia Civilizations Museum.   Çatalhöyük Excavations

cat-topheader2.gif (2675 bytes)Explore the human cultural heritage through streaming media. Travel through time and feel the thrill of discovery. Examine the wonderful diversity of the human experience!

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Ian Tattersall, Curator, Division of Anthropology,
American Museum of Natural History

“Çatalhöyük is not only an archaeological site of tremendous importance, but it is one with a dramatic history—both ancient and modern—that Balter tells with verve and an abundance of personal detail. His book is foremost about a site that offers unique insights into the origins of our own civilization; but at the same time it is an evocative portrayal of the process of archaeology itself.”

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