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Research on domestication at Neolithic Çatalhöyük is top journal article

4 July 2014

Groundstone artefacts from floor of a house at Çatalhöyük

Research undertaken by Karen Wright at Çatalhöyük is currently one of the most downloaded articles from the Journal of Anthropological Archaeology.

Karen's article entitled 'Domestication and inequality? Households, corporate groups and food processing tools at Neolithic Çatalhöyük' appears in the March 2014 volume (Volume 33) of the Journal of Anthropological Archaeology and explores inequality at Çatalhöyük East (Turkey) via ground stone artfacts which were central to food preparation and craft production.

Her research suggests that corporate groups held substantial power and that decorated buildings were “host houses” for cooperative, multi-household activities, comparable to the Near Eastern mudhif. At Çatalhöyük, these were also residences.

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The Journal of Anthropological Archaeology is devoted to the development of theory and, in a broad sense, methodology for the systematic and rigorous understanding of the organization, operation, and evolution of human societies.