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Humans and Landscapes of Çatalhöyük: Reports from the 2000–2008 Seasons: Çatalhöyük Research Project Volume 8

Edited by Ian Hodder

This volume in the Çatalhöyük series reports on the results of excavations from 2000 to 2008 that have provided a wealth of new data on the ways in which the Çatalhöyük settlement and environment were occupied. The first section explores how houses, open areas, and middens in the settlement were central to the daily lives of the inhabitants, integrating a wide range of different types of data at different scales. A second section examines subsistence practices of the site’s inhabitants and builds up a picture of how the overall landscape was exploited and lived within. A third section studies the evidence from the skeletons of those buried inside the houses at Çatalhöyük in order to understand the health, diet, lifestyle, and activity of the inhabitants. This final section also reports on the burial practices and associations in order to build hypotheses about the social organization of those inhabiting the settlement. A complex picture emerges of a relatively decentralized society, large in size but small-scale in terms of organization, dwelling within a mosaic patchwork of environments.


Ian Hodder, Fellow of the British Academy since 1996, is the Dunlevie Family Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Stanford University.

Published By The Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Press published in association with the British Institute of Archaeology at Ankara

8.5 x 11 in. 544 pages 430 halftones, 124 tables, 1 CD