Make your own Clay Balls

How were the clay balls made? What did the people of Çatalhöyük use? Was it just mud? Did they make the clay? Were there recipes?
"You know you can make balls out of various types of clay and
animation of a person rolling a clay ball between their hands
... you can try different ways of rolling the clay to see how round you can make it."

Go ahead and make your own clay balls.
Make notes on:

Here are some tips

assorted clay balls on a woven matt "You really need to make sure that the clay or soil you use is not too soft, or too wet. It is better that the clay is slightly harder than softer. You have to press it a lot as you roll it around in your hands and make sure it is very, very compact because only then can you make a very, very round surface."

"You should also experiment with the way you dry your clay balls.

"I noticed that the clay balls I dried in the sun all cracked ... as opposed to the clay balls that I dried in the shade which didn't crack."

Mirjana Stevanovic is an experimental Archaeologist. mira squating down to talk with another person
Here's Mira's Recipe
  • flotation soil (This is fine soil that has been washed in water to find other materials such as seeds and bone.)
  • backswamp soil ( This soil comes from a swampy area from the site.)
  • straw/chaff (This is the "binder." It holds the clay together.)
Mira experimented with different amounts of each, recorded the recipe and made notes on the results.

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