Çatalhöyük in the Context of the Middle Eastern Neolithic

@article{Hodder2007atalhykIT,
  title={Çatalh{\"o}y{\"u}k in the Context of the Middle Eastern Neolithic},
  author={Ian Hodder},
  journal={Annual Review of Anthropology},
  year={2007},
  volume={36},
  pages={105-120}
}
  • I. Hodder
  • Published 2007
  • History
  • Annual Review of Anthropology
This review aims to show how the new results from Catalhoyuk in central Turkey contribute to wider theories about the Neolithic in Anatolia and the Middle East. I argue that many of the themes found in symbolism and daily practice at Catalhoyuk occur very early in the processes of village formation and the domestication of plants and animals throughout the region. These themes include a social focus on memory construction; a symbolic focus on wild animals, violence, and death; and a central… Expand
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