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# The Leopard's tale : revealing the mysteries of Çatalhöyük
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library:oclcnum "63702754" ;
library:placeOfPublication ; # New York, N.Y.
library:placeOfPublication ;
schema:about ; # Çatal Hüjük.
schema:about ; # Çatal Mound (Turkey)
schema:about ; # Antiquities
schema:about ; # Turkey
schema:about ; # Çatal Hüyük
schema:about ; # Turkey--Çatal Mound.
schema:about ; # Excavations (Archaeology)
schema:about ; # Archäologie
schema:about ; # Turkey.
schema:about ; # Geschichte
schema:about ; # Excavations (Archaeology)--Turkey
schema:about ;
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schema:creator ; # Ian Hodder
schema:datePublished "2006" ;
schema:description "Catalhoyuk, in central Turkey, became internationally famous in the 1960s when an ancient town - one of the oldest in the world - was discovered together with wonderful wall-paintings and sculptures, many featuring images of leopards. The archaeological finds included female figurines that suggested the possible existence of a "Mother Goddess" cult." "Ian Hodder peels back the layers of history to reveal how people lived and died, how they engaged with one another and with the spirit world. Full of insights into past lives and momentous events, The Leopard's Tale is illustrated with images of the art, the artifacts, and the excavations at this world-famous site."@en ;
schema:description "Prologue -- A journey back through time, and some fellow travellers -- The leopard's puzzle -- A mysterious attraction -- The 'town' -- The house -- The invention of 'history' -- Revelation, exchange and production -- Materiality, 'art' and agency -- Women and men, the old and the young -- Selfhood and individuality -- Changing material entanglements, and the 'origins of agriculture' -- 'We have found a leopard bone.'"@en ;
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schema:name "The Leopard's tale : revealing the mysteries of Çatalhöyük"@en ;
schema:productID "63702754" ;
schema:publication ;
schema:publisher ; # Thames & Hudson
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# Thames & Hudson
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# Ian Hodder
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schema:givenName "Ian" ;
schema:name "Ian Hodder" ;

# Çatal Hüjük.
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schema:name "Çatal Hüjük." ;

# Çatal Hüyük
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schema:name "Çatal Hüyük" ;

# Çatal Mound (Turkey)
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schema:name "Çatal Mound (Turkey)" ;

# New York, N.Y.
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# Turkey
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# Archäologie
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# Geschichte
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# Excavations (Archaeology)--Turkey
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# Turkey.
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# Turkey--Çatal Mound.
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schema:name "Turkey--Çatal Mound." ;

# Antiquities
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# Excavations (Archaeology)
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schema:name "Excavations (Archaeology)"@en ;

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schema:isbn "0500051410" ;
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schema:about ; # The Leopard's tale : revealing the mysteries of Çatalhöyük
schema:dateModified "2017-11-17" ;
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Symbolic structures of the Neolithic

I showed that new ideas from social theory could be applied to European prehistory. In 1990, I published The Domestication of Europe, a book that looked at the spread of farming from the Middle East into Europe. My main aim was to argue that Neolithic material culture could be understood to be meaningfully and actively produced. In particular, I argued that the Neolithic house was a complex social and symbolic world that was actively manipulated in order to ‘domesticate’ society. Symbolism was used in the house to create social rules that produced long-term social relations and organizations of labor that befitted early agricultural societies. Along with the work of Jacques Cauvin, this account argued that social-symbolic factors played an important causal role in the Neolithic transition.

Reflexive methodology

I argued that the new social theories needed to be accompanied by changes in methodology, in the field and in the laboratory. My account of a reflexive archaeological practice was published in The Archaeological Process. Modern archaeological field methods had largely been developed under the impetus of a strong positivism and in the context of commercially funded contracts. This had led to highly formulaic methods and descriptive indices. If past material culture was meaningfully and actively produced, the same could be said of the contemporary evidence produced by archaeologists. Methods needed to be changed to foreground the interpretive process while at the same time being critical of the sources and implications of interpretation. I argued that interpretation needed to be focused ‘at the trowel’s edge,’ that a critical hermeneutic approach was possible, that multivocality could be encouraged, and that documentation of the documenting process was important.


There were a relatively small number of Neolithic sites that had been dug carefully enough for detailed contextual interpretation, and I needed to show the application of reflexive methodology on an actual archaeological site. So my third and most sustained attempt to demonstrate that archaeology in dialogue with contemporary social theory was viable was to start excavating a site with rich preservation and complex symbolism. The theories needed to be put into practice, and so in 1993 I started work at Çatalhöyük in central Turkey. This early village site had 18 layers of occupation spanning from 7400 to 6000 B.C.E., and up to 8,000 people lived there in densely packed houses with rich symbolism on the walls and with the dead buried beneath the floor. The preservation was remarkable and I started a 25-year project that will continue to 2018.


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