5th November 2018
ANAMED presents ‘The Curious Case of Çatalhöyük’, an exhibition celebrating the site and science of archaeology at Brunei Gallery, SOAS

‘The Curious Case of Çatalhöyük’ exhibition revealing the ‘behind the scenes’ of a pioneer excavation and research project of one of the most complex societies of its time, can now be visited at the Brunei Gallery, School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS). The UNESCO World Heritage site of Çatalhöyük is a unique example of a well-preserved Neolithic settlement and for decades has been considered one of the key sites for understanding human prehistory.

The exhibition was developed to celebrate the 25th and final excavation season of the Çatalhöyük Research Project. Known for its fascinating, cutting-edge archaeological research methods and laboratory collaborations, the exhibition presents the Çatalhöyük excavation through various experiment-based display features, including 3D prints of finds, laser-scanned overviews of excavation areas, and immersive digital displays that bring the 9000-year-old settlement back to life.

Since 1993, under the supervision of British archaeologist Professor Ian Hodder, the Çatalhöyük Research Project has been shedding light on how one of the world’s earliest societies made the transition from hunting to farming and how it was organised socio-economically.

In addition to the ongoing exhibition, there will be a parallel event titled Experience Çatalhöyük Through Virtual Reality, between 20-24 November at the Brunei Gallery. The Virtual Reality (VR) project presents an immersive recreation of the Çatalhöyük settlement. Visitors will be able to observe the Neolithic period with VR headsets.

Highlights of this exhibition include, interactive excavation house set-up, media artist Refik Anadol’s award-winning media installation, 3D prints of Çatalhöyük finds and more than 450 articles and books published on Çatalhöyük.

A major exhibition celebrating the site and the science of archaeology, ‘The Curious Case of Çatalhöyük’ organised by Koç University’s Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (ANAMED) is held at the Brunei Gallery from 12 October to 15 December 2018.

Image Credit: The Curious Case of Çatalhöyü at School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS), photo © Doruk Yemenici