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Chapter 28 - Painted plaster head

Lingle, Ashley, Dell'Unto, Nicolo, Doyle, Sean, Killackey, Kathryn, Meskell, Lynn, Parkes, Phillip ORCID: and Tung, Burcu 2015. Chapter 28 - Painted plaster head. Haddow, Scott, ed. Çatalhöyük 2015 Archive Report, Turkey: Çatalhöyük Research Project, pp. 275-289.

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The 2015 season offered a number of exciting finds at Çatalhöyük. One of the most remarkable was a plaster head installation found within Building 132, the predecessor of Building 77, located in the North Area. The face, which may be interpreted as either human or animal, and may have been intentionally ambiguous, is painted with an alluring pair of obsidian flakes in place of the eyes. The use of obsidian in this capacity is unique to the site and rare in Neolithic Anatolia. This unprecedented find offered an opportunity for the Çatalhöyük Research Project team to take an interdisciplinary approach from the initial excavation through various levels of specialist analysis. The perspectives offered here are from the excavator of B.132 and the area supervisor, conservators, a 3D modelling specialist, illustrator, obsidian specialist, and the figurine team. The holistic study of this exceptional object provides its contextualization at the site and in the Anatolian Neolithic.

Item Type: Book Section
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
Publisher: Çatalhöyük Research Project
Last Modified: 04 Jan 2023 02:05

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