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Last House on the Hill: BACH Area Reports from Çatalhöyük, Turkey

Edited by Ruth Tringham and Mirjana Stevanović

Last House on the Hill

ISBN: 978-1-931745-66-6

Publication Date: November 2012

Series: Monumenta Archaeologica 27

Price: $76.00

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Occupied from around 7500 BC to 5700 BC, the large Neolithic and Chalcolithic settlement of Çatalhöyük in Anatolia is composed entirely of domestic buildings; no public buildings have been identified. First excavated in the early 1960s, the site was left untouched until 1993. During the summers of 1997–2003 a team from the University of California at Berkeley (the BACH team) excavated an area at the northern end of the East Mound of Çatalhöyük. The houses there date predominantly to the late Aceramic and early Ceramic Neolithic, around 7000 BC. Last House on the Hill is the final report of the BACH excavations. This volume comprises both interpretive chapters and empirical data from the excavations and their materials. The research of the BACH team focuses on the lives and life histories of houses and people, the use of digital technologies in documenting and sharing the archaeological process, the senses of place, and the nature of cultural heritage and our public responsibilities.

Last House on the Hill is mirrored by an online media- and data-rich digital version (http://www.codifi.info/last-house-on-the-hill/) that interlinks all the original data, media, analyses, and interpretation of the BACH project with the final synthetic contents presented in this monograph.

 

 

Table of Contents

Part 1. Introduction and synthesis

  • Chapter 1 - Project History and Aims by Ruth Tringham and Mirjana Stevanović 
  • Chapter 2 - Summary and Synthesis of the Bach Excavation Area by Mirjana Stevanović

Part 2. Excavation of the Neolithic buildings in the BACH Area

  • Chapter 3 - Excavation Methodology by Ruth Tringham and Mirjana Stevanović
  • Chapter 4 - Excavation of Building 3 and Spaces 87, 88, 89 by Mirjana Stevanović
  • Chapter 5 Creating and Archiving the media database and documentation of the excavation by Ruth Tringham and Michael Ashley with Jason Quinlan

Part 3. Analysis of BACH Area finds

  • Chapter 6 - Building the House at Çatalhöyük and Caring for it by Mirjana Stevanović
  • Chapter 7 - Household life-histories and boundaries: microstratigraphy and micromorphology of architectural surfaces in Building 3 of the BACH Area by Wendy Matthews
  • Chapter 8 - A) Mammals from the BACH Area at Çatalhöyük by Nerissa Russell
  • Chapter 8 - B) Bird Remains from the BACH Area at Çatalhöyük by Nerissa Russell and Kevin J. McGowan
  • Chapter 8 - C) Worked Bone from the BACH Area at Çatalhöyük by Nerissa Russell
  • Chapter 8 - D) The Microfauna of the BACH Area by Emma Jenkins
  • Chapter 9 - Building 3’s life through plant use: The macrobotanical evidence of Neolithic dwelling from the Berkeley Archaeology at Çatalhöyük (BACH) excavation 1997-2003 by Rachel M. Cane, Rob Q. Cuthrell, Matthew P. Sayre, K. Elizabeth Soluri, and Christine A. Hastorf (with Kathryn Killackey and Shanti Morell-Hart)
  • Chapter 10 - The Phytoliths of the BACH Area by Emma Jenkins
  • Chapter 11 - A) Death and its Relationship to Life: Neolithic Burials from Building 3 and Space 87 at Çatalhöyük, Turkey by Lori D. Hager and Başak Boz
  • Chapter 11 - B) Post-Neolithic Use of Building 3 and Spaces 88 and 89 at Çatalhöyü by Daniela Cottica, Lori D. Hager and Başak Boz
  • Chapter 12 - Neolithic Pottery from the BACH Excavation by Jonathan Last
  • Chapter 13 - The BACH Area Figurines by Carolyn Nakamura
  • Chapter 14 - Analysis of Clay Balls from the BACH Area by Sonya Atalay
  • Chapter 15 - The Flaked Stone Assemblage from the BACH Area by Tristan Carter and Heidi Mariendahl Underbjerg
  • Chapter 16 - Ground stone tools and technologies associated with buildings in the BACH Area at Çatalhöyük by Katherine I. Wright and Adnan Baysal 
  • Chapter 17 - Beads and the body: ornamental technologies of the BACH Area buildings at Çatalhöyük by Katherine I. Wright

Part 4. The Broader Context and Significance of BACH Research

  • Chapter 18 - Building the Replica Neolithic House at Çatalhöyük by Mirjana Stevanović
  • Chapter 19 - Çatalhöyük Murals: A snapshot Conservation and Experimental Research by Ina St.George
  • Chapter 20 - An Archaeology of Vision: Seeing Present and Past in Çatalhöyük by Michael Ashley
  • Chapter 21 - The Public Face of Archaeology at Çatalhöyük by Ruth Tringham
  • Chapter 22 - Sensing the Place at Çatalhöyük: the rhythms of daily life  by Ruth Tringham
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