This category includes the places - larger space entities - that at Çatalhöyük contain features and units. These include Spaces (rooms) and Areas (e.g. BACH Area), but they also include other places of significance for the project: the Replica House, or the Compound, for example

Filling in the BACH Area in 2004

Composite photo of filling in the BACH Area on August 2, 2004 created as Figure 22 of Last House on the Hill, printed edition: (a) preparing the partially excavated Spaces 87, 88, and 89 for further excavation before filling in (escavation was continued in Space 87 in 2012; (b) emptying sacks of dry ‘sterile’ soil into the vacuum left by Building 3. Original filenames: a) 20040802_eth_178.jpg, b) 20040802_eth_204.jpg

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

Using the Harris Matrix at Çatalhöyük

Cobination photo showing the use of the Harris Matrix to construct the sequence of depositional events in the BACH Area: (a) Ruth Tringham and Roger Matthews construct the matrix for depositional events revealed in the BACH Area up to August 8, 1999; (b) matrix of the depositional events of the northeast platform (F.173), in which the burial pit and posthole cutting through the floor layers of the platform are clear. Figure 2.12 of the Last House on the Hill, printed edition. Original Filename: combo: 2.12.jpg, a) 990808_180237.jpg; b) F173Harrisclose_ret.tif

Aerial Photography in the BACH Shelter

Composite of two photographs showing aerial photography used in documentation of the BACH project from 2001 created as Figure 2.10 of Last House on the Hill, printed edition. a) The mountaineering trapeze set up for aerial photographs in the BACH Area; Jason Quinlan swings from the trapeze preparing to photograph the excavation on July 3, 2001; this photo was recorded by Michael Ashley who is suspended even higher; (b) aerial photograph of the Building 3 on June 18, 2002 (North is on the right) recorded by a suspended photographer. Original filenames: a) 070301_135643.jpg; b) 20020618_jpq_057.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:

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 BACH team in 2000

The BACH (Berkeley Archaeologists at Çatalhöyük) team in 2000 (A) outside the BACH shelter in a team photo, (original filename 081600_092631.jpg) (B) inside the BACH shelter, working in Building 3 (original filename: 080800_143048.jpg.) The two individual photos were brought together as Figure 1.1 of Last House on the Hill, printed edition


Chapter 2 of Last House on the Hill