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Catal Huyuk was a very large Neolithic and Chalcolithic proto-city settlement overlooking the Konya Plain, southeast of the present-day city of Konya, in Turkey from 7100 BC to 5700 BC. The site was first excavated by James Mellaart in 1958

James Mellaart later led a team which further excavated there for four seasons between 1961 and 1965. These excavations revealed this section of Anatolia as a centre of advanced culture in the Neolithic period.

Excavation revealed 18 successive layers of buildings signifying various stages of the settlement and eras of history. The bottom layer of buildings can be dated as early as 7100 BC while the top layer is of 5600 BC.

In July 2012, it was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Choose from 16 images in our Catal Huyuk collection.

Prehistoric Anatolian cultural relic from Catal Huyuk, 5750 BC Featured Catal Huyuk Image

Prehistoric Anatolian cultural relic from Catal Huyuk, 5750 BC

Prehistoric Anatolian cultural relic from Catal Huyuk, 5750 BC. A gold figure in the form of a stag. The archaeological remains found at Catal Huyuk in central Anatolia indicate that a settlement existed on the site from at least 6500 BC. By the time this figure was produced, it was an important town, covering an area of around 32 acres with a population of as many as 6000. It represents one of the oldest urban communities yet found by archaeologists. Catal Huyuk was mysteriously abandoned in about 5600 BC and a new city was established a short distance away. This artefact is housed in the Istanbul Museum

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