Mittwoch, 17. Oktober 2018, 17:30 - 18:30

Transforming, connecting, merging, turning away

Çatalhöyük and the outer world in the second half of the seventh millennium BC

Arkadiusz Marciniak (Adam Mickiewicz University Poznań)

Not long after 6500 cal BC, the settlement at Çatalhöyük has the period of its most dynamic growth and prosperity behind it. The second half of its occupation brought about significant changes in almost all domains of life of its inhabitants, including their social arrangements, demographic potential, modes of farming and husbandry, food eating practices, as well as religious habits. The Late Neolithic brought also about the emergence of numerous communities in the hitherto unoccupied regions, in particular in south-western, western and north-western Anatolia. Çatalhöyük was no longer a single settlement in the Anatolian peninsula.

The paper aims at addressing the emerging and strengthening regional dependencies and connectivities between inhabitants of the Late Neolithic Çatalhöyük and contemporary groups from different parts of Anatolia and beyond. This dynamic process will be examined in the context of a continuous weakening of the cultural potential of the Çatalhöyük settlement, which not only no longer served as an unquestionable point of reference for the others but whose inhabitants were not keeping apace the developments in the neighboring regions and kept rejecting new ideas and technologies. A wide range of materials and objects of a foreign origin in the Late Neolithic Çatalhöyük as well as presence of different objects, motifs and architectural solutions of the Çatalhöyük provenance across different parts of the region will be systematically examined to scrutinize the nature and character of these processes.