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