Last House on the Hill

Real Audiences, Virtual Excavations Part 1: We are going to immerse you in the process of creating a heritage place. You have arrived at Çatalhöyük by a long and tortuous route. Now you are in the middle of Turkey. As you entered the compound, you may have noticed that the busload of visitors that milled around the entrance were not allowed to follow you into the compound proper. This is part of the complexity of creating a “heritage site”. To say that we attempt to break down the barriers between outsiders and insiders is a huge simplification of how in practice we attempt to create the heritage site at Çatalhöyük.
Çatalhöyük’s most public and most long-standing narrative had lifted it into global significance already by the end of 1965. It is claimed to be "the earliest city", "the birth of European agriculture", "home of goddess worship", because of the spectacular preservation of its architectural remains, including embellishment of the walls and floors by relief sculptures in clay and painted frescoes.

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Last House on the Hill

Michael Ashley

This channel contains the movies from the BACH (Berkeley Archaeologists at Çatalhöyük) project at Çatalhöyük, Turkey, used ion the digital version of the final report entitled Last House on the Hill. They comprise clips of the excavation in action, with…


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This channel contains the movies from the BACH (Berkeley Archaeologists at Çatalhöyük) project at Çatalhöyük, Turkey, used ion the digital version of the final report entitled Last House on the Hill. They comprise clips of the excavation in action, with discussions, discovery, and sometimes hilarious scenes. These movies are all licensed with a Creative Commons 2.5 license

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