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Phyllis Messenger is an anthropologist on the faculty at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota. She specializes in cultural heritage education and community outreach.

Çatalhöyük web sites | General archaeology web sites | Online interactive experiences | Electronic games and simulations (offline) | Further reading on Çatalhöyük | Education materials for teachers | Archaeological sites in your area

To learn more about Çatalhöyük, visit these web sites:

Çatalhöyük: Excavations of a Neolithic Anatolian Tell - This is the Cambridge University website. It is the key source of current information about the Çatalhöyük project, including annual excavation reports, bibliographies, newsletters, and topical conversations. It includes:

Information about activities of the project
Aspects of the research being conducted
The project mission statement
A list of further readings and publications
Publications on Mellaart's excavations in the 1960s
Analysis and interpretation from the 70s-90s
Publications of the 1990s excavations
Information about visiting the site
Archives of research reports from 1996-97
Çatal News, the annual newsletters, 1995-97
Media and film pages to be downloaded

For more information about archaeology in general,
visit these web sites:

SAAWeb - Official web site for the Society for American Archaeology, the largest organization of professional archaeologists in the Americas. Provides information on:

The field of archaeology
Resources for educators
Research reports
Links to other organizations and lists of fieldwork opportunities
Links to the National Park Service and other federal agencies
List of SAA Education Network Coordinators in most U.S. states and Canadian provinces
Current information from SAA publications, including Bulletin
Lesson plans and features from Archaeology & Public Information

AIA - The official site of the Archaeological Institute of America. Includes information on:

Meetings and events
AIA Code of Ethics
Local Societies
Special Projects

Archaeology Magazine - This site offers the best of Archaeology Magazine. It includes:

Cover and contents of the current issue
Newsbriefs with color photos
Highlights of upcoming issues
Information about ordering back issues
Links to the best archaeological sites on the web

Musee Offers a directory of museums on the web. Includes information about:

Educational programs
Shopping and entertainment

Archaeology/Anthropology This site is part of a history and social studies site for K-12 teachers. It provides a comprehensive list of locations and is useful for teachers and older students searching for archaeological resources. Categories include:

University pages
Digs and site/regional reports
Concept and teaching sites
Research fields

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Interactive experiences on the World Wide Web

Virtual Archaeology This site allows a browser to learn about archaeology by engaging in four activities involving survey, testing, stratigraphy, and field writing. The site is useful for introducing archaeology to students and reinforcing concepts already learned. Components include:

Four interactive activities
Links to other web pages

Electronic games and simulations

Adventures in Fugawiland: A Computer Simulation in Archaeology
By T. Douglas Price and Anne Birgitte Gebauer, 1997, Second Edition.
Students analyze site plans, maps, artifacts, and remains in an effort to understand the cultures under investigation. Simulation is based on 10 fictitious, but realistic, prehistoric sites in northern Wisconsin. Requires introductory instruction and background. This simulation received an overall rating of 4 stars out of 5 in a recent SAA review of games. $22.95 for Macintosh or Windows. Macintosh software and workbook: ISBN 1-55934-531-4; Windows software and workbook: ISBN 1-55934-530-6. Order from Mayfield Publishing Co., 1240 Villa St., Mountain View, CA 94041. Phone: (800) 433-1279.

Archaeological Detective by Montreal Museum of Archaeology and History, 1997. Students try to discover the identity of a mysterious skeleton found at the Pointe-a-Calliere site. They need to complete five missions to solve the mystery. CD-ROM uses movies and photos to explore the stages of the archaeological process--preparation, excavation, analysis, interpretation, information sharing. This game received an overall rating of 5 stars out of 5 in a recent SAA review of games. $45 plus shipping, includes 1 CD-ROM, Macintosh and IBM compatible. Order from Fas-Track Computer Products, 130 Burrer Dr., Dept. C-2, Sunbury, OH 43074. Phone: (800) 927-3936.
 Bluegrass Bluff by The Learning Company, 1991, ISBN 0792901835.
Students dig for artifacts and analyze how they relate to the layers in which they were found. In this simulation they excavate pottery, jewelry, statuettes, and carvings from various eras in American history. This simulation received an overall rating of 4 stars out of 5 in a recent SAA review of games. $20 plus shipping for 3 disks, user's manual, Macintosh compatible. Order from The Learning Company, 6160 Summit Dr. N., Minneapolis, MN 55430. Phone (800) 685-6322.

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Further reading on Çatalhöyük

The Goddess and the Bull - Çatalhöyük: An Archaeological Journey to the Dawn of Civilization by Michael Balter

"The World's First City," Archaeology Magazine, March/April 1998, Vol. 51, No. 2, by Orrin C. Shane, III and Mine Kücük. Summarizes current archaeological work at the site and in the region.

Catal Huyuk: A Neolithic Town in Anatolia. By James Mellaart, 1967, Thames and Hudson, London. This volume presents Mellaart's analysis of the site based on excavations done in 1961-63. It includes drawings and photos of murals and artifacts. Also online.

The First Cities. By Dora Jane Hamblin and the editors of Time-Life Books, 1973. This book for readers, young and old alike, includes a chapter on Çatalhöyük featuring reconstruction drawings of shrines and activities based on Mellaart's interpretations.

For a more complete list of site reports and other publications about
Çatalhöyük, see the Cambridge University Web Site:
Çatalhöyük: Excavations of a Neolithic Anatolian Tell

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Archaeology Education Materials for Teachers

Archaeology in the Classroom: A Resource Guide for Teachers and Parents. Archaeological Institute of America (AIA)1997Dubuque, IA: Kendall/Hunt Publishing Co. Cost is $10 plus $4 shipping. (800) 228-0810. This guide contains information about educational materials available in North America on all aspects of archaeology for K-12 teaching.
Teaching Archaeology: A Sampler for Grades 3 to 12. Society for American Archaeology. This booklet is available from SAA for a postage and handling fee, along with a variety of other educational materials. For a current list of materials contact SAA, 900 Second St. N.E., Suite 12, Washington, DC 20002, phone (202) 789-8200, or visit SAA's web site:
Talking Walls by Margy Burns Knight, 1992. Gardiner, ME: Tilbury House Publishers. ISBN 0-88448-102-6. Here's a great introduction to walls around the world. Includes illustrated two-page spreads on cave art from Australia and France, wall carvings from the Bay of Bengal, Diego Rivera's Mexican murals, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and more. A reference section at the end gives more information and locations.

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To find out about archaeological sites in your area:

Contact your State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO)
or state archaeologist, National Park Service Regional Centers, state and national parks and historic sites, museums, universities, or historical societies.

To participate in an archaeological project, contact:

Summer Field Opportunities Bulletin. Archaeological Institute of America. Contact AIA, 656 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02215-2010, (612) 353-9361. Or visit the AIA web site.

Passport In Time (PIT), a program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service. Clearinghouse, P.O. Box 31315, Tucson, AZ 85751-1315; (800) 281-9176. Engages the public in archaeological and historic research while working with Forest Service archaeologists and historians.

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Remember, archaeology is not about collecting arrowheads or doing a dig on your own. All excavation is carried out under the supervision of a qualified archaeologist using the scientific methods of archaeology and following the laws of the state (or country) in which the excavation takes place. Most excavations require a permit, which is given after a research design is approved.
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