Last weekend I visited the exhibition of the findings from the excavation of 9000 year old settlement area Catalhoyuk in the middle of Anatolia, Turkey. Çatalhöyük became the biggest Neolithic site known in the Middle East when in 1958 James Mellaart and et al found the bones, pottery, volcanic natural glass (obsidien) and mud-brick housing remainings in the area. Measurements show that the settlement area was 450 m long, 275 m wide and 19 m in depth, being a living place for human beings. After the first excavation work conducted btw 1961-1965, the site rapidly became famous internationally due to the large size and dense occupation of the settlement, as well as the spectacular wall paintings and other art that was uncovered inside the houses.
This shot shows the original drawings made by James Mellaart of the unusual wall paintings in Çatalhöyük houses. The excavations as well as this picture show evidence that the people of Çatalhöyük made use of domesticated plants and animals whereas also hunted for wild animals.