Guide

Location of the BACH Area

The BACH area in relation to the neighboring buildings in the NORTH and 4040 Areas, adapted from the original as Figure 12 of Çatalhöyük Archive Report 2005

Part 1 of Last House on the Hill

The chapters of this part of the Last House on the Hill summarize the strategies of research, analysis, and interpretation of the Çatalhöyük Research Project, adding details specific to the BACH project (Chapter 2), and adding discussion specifically on the digital documentation of the BACH research (Chapter 3).

Unit Recording Sheet at Çatalhöyük

An example of a filled-in unit recording form (unit 6641). Figure 2.7 of Last House on the Hill, printed edition. Original Filename: 6641_ret.jpg

Building 3 in 2002

Aerial photo of Building 3 in 2002. Figure 1.7 in LHotH, printed edition

Aerial photograph of the Building 3 in 2002 (looking towards the West, North is on the right) recorded by a suspended photographer. Original filename:

Visible architectural remains on the surface in the North Area

Plan of architectural remains that became visible on the surface in the North Area after scraping in 1993-1995. This is a closer view than Figure 1.4 and shows the mud-brick walls emerging as the top 10 cm. of soil was scraped off. On the basis of the plan, Roger Matthews and colleagues assigned Space numbers to rooms that looked to be enclosed by the walls, and Building numbers that seemed to be a meaningful collection of Spaces. Among these assignments the BACH Area  included Building 3 comprising Spaces 86 and 158, with three small cell-like Spaces at its south end. These spaces are described in detail in Chapter 1, and especially Chapter 4 and 5.

The plan was originally created  as Figure 7.3 in Roger Matthews (1996) Surface Scraping and Planning. In On the surface: Catalhoyuk 1993-95, edited by I. Hodder, pp. 79-101. British Institute of Archaeology at Ankara and McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, Cambridge, UK. It was re-published with permission as Figure 1.5 of Last House on the Hill, printed edition.

 

The Mounds of Çatalhöyük

Contour map showing the excavation area of  the West and East Mounds at Çatalhöyük. The map was created for the Çatalhöyük Research Project and was published as Figure 1.2 of Hodder, Ian (editor) (2007) Excavating Çatalhöyük: South, North and KOPAL Area reports from the 1985-99 seasons (Catalhöyük vol.3) British Institute of Archaeology at Ankara and McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, Cambridge, UK. With permission the map was published again as Figure 1.4 of Last House on the Hill, printed edition.

On this map, you can identify the different excavation areas of the Çatalhöyük Research Project on both the East and West Mounds. The BACH area is on the northern pinnacle of the East Mound, next to the North Area. The Areas are the largest of the units for reporting and recording, each one having its own sequence of Feature and Unit numbers and being run as independent  sub-projects of the main umbrella projects. In Chapter 1 of LHotH we describe how the BACH was independently organised but, at the same time, integrated into the main umbrella project. New areas have been added since the original map's publication (2007), and these can be found in the Archive Reports and more recent publications of the Çatalhöyük Research Project by the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology (UCLA) Publications.

The geomorphology of Central Anatolia (map)

A map of the geomorphology of Central Anatolia. This map is a composite of original figures 2-7 in   Kuzucuoğlu, C. (2002) The Environmental Frame in Central Anatolia from the 9th to the 6th Millennia cal BC. In The Neolithic of Central Anatolia: Internal Developments and External Relations during the 9th–6th Millennia cal BC, edited by F. Gérard and L. Thissen, pp. 33–58. Ege Yayınları, Istanbul. The composite of the 6 maps was created for Çatalhöyük Research Project for which it was published as Figure 1.1 of Hodder, Ian (editor) (2007) Excavating Çatalhöyük: South, North and KOPAL Area reports from the 1985-99 seasons (Catalhöyük vol.3) British Institute of Archaeology at Ankara and McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, Cambridge, UK. With permission the composite was published again as Figure 1.3 of Last House on the Hill, printed edition.

The map of Central Anatolia shown here is a composite of the archaeological sites of the Neolithic/Chalcolithic (9th-6th millenia BC) in their geomorphological context. Çatalhöyük can be seen in the middle of the large alluvial fan of the Çarsamba river flowing into a lake (no longer existing).

Contrasting Styles of Excavation

The collage was originally created as figure 9.3 in Tringham, R. and M. Stevanovic (2000) Different Excavation Styles create Different Windows into Çatalhöyük. In Towards reflexive method in archaeology: the example at Çatalhöyük by members of the  Çatalhöyük teams, edited by I. Hodder, pp. 111-118. McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, Cambridge, UK. It shows different ways in which the Berkeley Archaeologists @ Çatalhöyük (BACH) team and the umbrella Çatalhöyük Research Project (UK based) team approached stratigraphy (single-context excavation), labor organization, features documentation, and other challenges of revealing archaeological data during the early years of the two projects (described in the 2000 article. As our collaboration matured from 2000, these differences tended to become less disturbing. The figure was re-used in the printed (2013) edition of LHotH as figure 2.1, to illustrate the section "Single-Context Excavation". original filename Catalmeth_RET_fig3.jpg

 

 

Chapter 2 of Last House on the Hill

Neolithic Anatolia (map)