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Substantive Technologies at ÇatalhöyükReports from the 2000-2008 Seasons, Volume 9

Edited by Ian Hodder

Catalhoyuk Vol 9

ISBN: 978-1-898249-31-3

Publication Date: November 2013

Series: Monumenta Archaeologica 31

Price: $89.00

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The ways in which humans became increasingly engaged in their material environment, such that “things” came to play an active force in their lives, is the subject of this volume in the Çatalhöyük series. The alluvial clays surrounding the site were extremely important in this dynamic involvement. In the absence of local stone, humans extracted and manipulated clay for a wide range of purposes, for the manufacture of bricks, ovens, pots, and figurines. This heavy use of clay led to changes in the local environment that influenced human activity, as indicated in the first section of the volume. In the second section, other examples of material technologies are considered, all of which engaged humans in various ways in specific dependencies and relationships. For example, large-scale studies of the obsidian trade have drawn a complex picture of changing interactions among humans over time. The volume concludes with an integrated account of the uses of materials at Çatalhöyük based on the analysis of heavy-residue samples from all contexts at the site.


Table of Contents


  • Chapter 1 - Becoming Entangled in Things by Ian Hodder
  • Chapter 2 - An Integrated Perspective on the Uses of Materials at Çatalhöyük Based on the Analysis of Heavy Residues by Slobodan Mitrović & Milena Vasić

A Settlement of Clay

  • Chapter 3 - Sourcing Çatalhöyük’s Clays by Chris Doherty
  • Chapter 4 - Building with Mud: An Analysis of Architectural Materials at Çatalhöyük by Burcu Tung
  • Chapter 5 - An Archaeology of Mudbrick Houses from Çatalhöyük by Serena Love
  • Chapter 6 - New Discoveries in House Construction at Çatalhöyük by Mirjana Stevanović
  • Chapter 7 - Biographies of Architectural Materials and Buildings: Integrating High–resolution Micro–analysis and Geochemistry by Wendy Matthews, Matthew J. Almond, Emma Anderson, Joanne  Wiles, Helen  Williams  & James Rowe
  • Chapter 8 - Structural Fires at Çatalhöyük by Karl Harrison, Victoria Martin & Brooke Webster
  • Chapter 9 - The Neolithic Pottery of Çatalhöyük: Recent Studies by Nurcan Yalman, Duygu Tarkan & Hilal Gültekin
  • Chapter 10 - Pottery Production at Çatalhöyük: A Petrographic Perspective by Christopher Doherty & Duygu Tarkan
  • Chapter 11 - Absorbed Lipid Residues in the Çatalhöyük Pottery by Sharmini Pitter, Nurcan Yalman  & Richard Evershed
  • Chapter 12 - Figurine Worlds at Çatalhöyük by Carolyn Nakamura & Lynn Meskell
  • Chapter 13 - Çatalhöyük Stamp Seals from 2000 to 2008 by Ali Umut Türkcan
  • Chapter 14 - Clay Balls, Mini Balls and Geometric Objects by Sonya Atalay
  • Chapter 15 - Geometric Clay Objects by Lucy Bennison–Chapman

Demanding Technologies

  • Chapter 16 - Çatalhöyük Worked Bone: South and 4040 Areas by Nerissa Russell & Janet L. Griffitts
  • Chapter 17 - The Metallic Finds from Çatalhöyük: A Review and Preliminary New Work by Thomas Birch, Thilo Rehren & Ernst Pernicka
  • Chapter 18 - Çatalhöyük Wall Paintings: Materials, Technologies and Artists by Duygu Çamurcuoğlu
  • Chapter 19 - A Technological Approach to the Study of Personal Ornamentation and Social Expression at Çatalhöyük by Roseleen Bains, Milena Vasić, Daniella E. Bar–Yosef Mayer, Nerissa Russell, Katherine I. Wright & Chris Doherty
  • Chapter 20 - The Ground Stone Technologies of Çatalhöyük by Katherine I. Wright (with contributions by Christina Tsoraki–Chan & Ruth Siddall)
  • Chapter 21 - The Chipped Stone by Tristan Carter & Marina Milić
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