Mysteries of Çatalhöyük

This hands-on archaeology exhibit explored the ongoing work of an international research team investigating one of the oldest known permanent human settlements. Çatalhöyük, a 9000-year-old site in southeast Turkey, holds clues to the development of art, agriculture, and the beginnings of urban life. Each discovery there has led to new understanding and new questions about the human experience at the dawn of settled, communal life. Interactive components allow visitors to experience the painstaking work of modern archaeology. Arresting analogies help explain the lifeways of the past.

The exhibit addresses the questions that fuel the research at the site: Who were the people who lived at Çatalhöyük? Why did they choose to live together? How did they survive? What did they eat? Where did they sleep? How were their lives similar to or different from ours? The exhibit demonstrated how contemporary archaeological research produces questions as well as answers, and is shaped by researchers' perspectives as much as by what they find.

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Right now...in Turkey...at a place called Çatalhöyük...

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Catal-what? Press a button to hear the Çatalhöyük guard pronounce the name of the site.

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View a model of the Çatalhöyük east mound; then take a virtual computer tour of this 9,000-year-old site.

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Curl up inside a replica of a burial platform; people were buried beneath the plaster floors of Çatalhöyük houses.

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Learn what was for dinner 9,000 years ago in the Neolithic Kitchen.

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Archaeologists are identifying the animals that lived at Çatalhöyük by examining the animal bone evidence.

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Study some Çatalhöyük plants preserved as charred carbon remains under the microscope.

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Excavating is about digging, recording, and planning all at the same time.

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Learn about dig life around this replica of Çatalhöyük’s dig house verandah. Archaeologists live and work from the dig house during the summer season.

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Board the bus for a video trip to Konya, a nearby Turkish city. Listen to some Turkish CDs and read about the country at the resource center.

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What kinds of artifacts are they finding at Çatalhöyük? Photographs and video tell the story.

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Contemplate 9,000 years of human lifetimes, examine your teeth in a dentist chair, or try out some common Çatalhöyük postures recorded in the human bone evidence.
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