Landscape

Landscape views outside of the BACH shelter

Storage at Çatalhöyük

One of the secure locations of the physical data from the BACH project in 1999 in the compound at the foot of the East Mound. Figure 2.16 of LHotH, printed edition

Compound of the Çatalhöyük Research Project

The compound at the base of the East Mound, as it appeared in 1998. It has grown considerably since this photograph ws taken. This is where the team live, eat and work. Figure 2.15 of Last House on the Hill, printed edition.

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

BACH Area under the new Shelter 2008

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BACH Area becomes Invisible

East Mound of Çatalhöyük from the air

Aerial Photo of the East Mound of Çatalhöyük, taken from the southwest, looking towards the northeast. The BACH shelter can be seen at the top of the photo, and next to it the shelter over Building 1.  Figure 1.6 of Last House on the Hill (2012), printed edition

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).

Chapter 2 of Last House on the Hill