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Visa contributes to the 'Excavation of the Century' in Catalhoyuk

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    Visa contributes to the Excavation of the Century in Catalhoyuk Istanbul - Turkish Daily News The leader of the Catalhoyuk excavations, Cambridge University
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      Visa contributes to the 'Excavation of the Century' in Catalhoyuk

      Istanbul - Turkish Daily News

      The leader of the Catalhoyuk excavations, Cambridge University
      Professor Ian Hodder, hosted Sertac Celikyilmaz, the general director
      of Visa International in Turkey and top level executives from the
      credit card company between September 11-13. Hodder gave Celikyilmaz a
      tour of the Anatolian Civilizations Museum in Ankara where findings
      from the Catalhoyuk excavation are kept. Later on at the Catalhoyuk
      excavation site, Celikyilmaz was briefed about this year's
      developments in the excavation.

      Stating that Catalhoyuk's importance for Visa stemmed from its being
      "the cradle of the first payment method in the world," Celikyilmaz
      pointed out that the company had supported the excavation since 1996.

      The latest developments at Catalhoyuk

      This year witnessed a number of new discoveries regarding the
      9000-year-old Catalhoyuk excavation site. In the city's northern
      section, painted walls, complex plaster work and the first collapsed
      roof was discovered. This discovery revealed that the houses had
      stoves on the roofs which would be the location of a number of crucial
      household activities during the summer.

      In the northern excavation site, which features complex plaster work
      and will be open to the public in the future, Building 5 was
      discovered below Building 1. On the walls of this building which were
      plastered numerous times in a time span of 70 years, marks of the
      original painting were discovered. The side rooms contained baskets
      used to keep food.

      Located in Building 2 in the section dug by James Melaart, the first
      archaeologist who worked on the excavation, a sophisticated stove and
      pots and pans thought to have been used for household purposes were
      discovered. In the pantry of another building, a bear claw which was
      possibly used in the production of personal jewelry pieces was found.
      A buried treasure found in a separate place raised the question of why
      that particular person did not reside with his family. Research on the
      skeleton revealed that this person was handicapped and sickly, and
      that there was a separate cemetery for such people.

      Furthermore, excavation work has started in the Western tumulus which
      is located to the back of the site. The houses in this area feature
      mud bricks, plastered walls and places made of crushed stone. Numerous
      pots with paintings of dancing women reveal the importance of women in
      the Neolithic Period in Catalhoyuk.

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