Discover The Neolithic site of Çatalhöyük Turkey

The Neolithic site of Çatalhöyük rises on a strange hill at the edge of the Carsamba River, on the Konya Plain in Central Anatolia. Discovered in the 1960s but dating back to 7,000 BC, this city was home to a community of 5,000 people. It bears witness to a still little known period. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since January 2012, Çatalhöyük is the site of many digs and a major attraction for tourists. It attests to the changes and social evolutions that took place between the 7th and 5th millenniums. Indeed, numerous traces of the beginning of agriculture, hunting, pottery and the first human settlements have been found here. Visiting the Neolithic site of Çatalhöyük is like experiencing through 2,000 years of humanity.

  • A ceramic Hittite, The Neolithic site of Çatalhöyük, Monuments, Turkey
    A ceramic Hittite

    The Ankara Museum of Anatolian Civilizations brings together objects dating from Prehistory up to the 8th century BC in an exceptional collection.

    © Klenger / 123RF
  • The detailing in a ceramic Hittite, The Neolithic site of Çatalhöyük, Monuments, Turkey
    The detailing in a ceramic Hittite

    The museum has one of the most beautiful collections of objects dating from the Pre-Christian Era: Greek vases, weapons, talismans, ceramins, etc.

    © Firdes Sayilan / 123RF
  • Le site néolithique de Catalhoyuk , Turkey
    The province of Konya

    Konya stretches out over a large, steppe-like plain in central Turkey. Since the beginning of humanity it has a been veritable wheat basket.

    © Mehmet Can / AGEFotostock
  • Konya on a tourist brochure, The Neolithic site of Çatalhöyük, Monuments, Turkey
    Konya on a tourist brochure

    The birthplace of Sufism, Konya, has a concentration of historical sites and monuments, such as the Alâeddin Mosque, the Karatay Medrese and the Archaeological Museum.

    © Steve Estvanik / 123RF
  • A stone tablet engraved in cuneiform letters, The Neolithic site of Çatalhöyük, Monuments, Turkey
    A stone tablet engraved in cuneiform letters

    A large part of the objects in the Ankara Museum come from the Neolithic site of Catalhoyuk.

    © Violin/123RF
  • Konya, a long history, The Neolithic site of Çatalhöyük, Monuments, Turkey
    Konya, a long history

    According to a Phrygian legend, Konya was the first city to emerge from the Great Flood. Regardless, though, the region was already inhabited as far back as 7000 BC.

    © Steve Estvanik / 123RF
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