Çatalhöyük Neolithic City

Çumra, Konya, Turkey


Son Güncelleme: 30 March 2022

Çatalhöyük Neolithic City is a very large Neolithic and Chalcolithic Age settlement in Central Anatolia, which was inhabited 9,400 years ago within the borders of Çumra district of Konya province. It consists of two mounds side by side in the east and west directions. It is on the Unesco World Heritage list.

Çatalhöyük or Çatal Höyük (pronounced “cha-tal hay OOK”) is not the oldest site of the Neolithic era or the largest, but it is extremely important to the beginning of art.  Located near the modern city of Konya in south central Turkey, it was inhabited 9000 years ago by up to 8000 people who lived together in a large town. Çatalhöyük, across its history, witnesses the transition from exclusively hunting and gathering subsistence to increasing skill in plant and animal domestication.

We might see Çatalhöyük as a site whose history is about one of man’s most important transformations: from nomad to settler.  It is also a site at which we see art, both painting and sculpture, appear to play a newly important role in the lives of settled people.

In July 2012, Çatalhöyük was listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The Turkish Cultural Foundation (TCF) has been a sponsor of the Çatalhöyük excavation project for multiple years. The TCF grants were allocated to build a shelter over the excavation site, and to help improve access and informational signage on the site. TCF worked with the Global Heritage Fund in California on this project. To further expand its knowledge on Çatalhöyük, TCF has been taking its Teacher Study Tours to Çatalhöyük for many years.


The excavations at Çatalhöyük have now been running for more than 50 years. Prior to the earliest investigations of the site in the mid-20th century, locals in the region were well aware of its existence. In fact, Çatalhöyük has been used by different communities almost continuously from the Neolithic right up to the present day.


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Updated on March 30, 2022 at 11:38 am
  • Category: Historical Places


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  • Address: Küçükköy Mahallesi, Çatalhöyük, Çatalhöyük Yolu, Çumra/Konya, Türkiye

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