Goddess and the Bull �atalh�y�k - An Archaeological Journey to the Dawn of Civilization

ISBN-10: 1598740695

ISBN-13: 9781598740691

Edition: 2006

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Thousands of years before the pyramids were built in Egypt and the Trojan War was fought, a great civilization arose on the Anatolian plains. "The Goddess and the Bull" details the dramatic quest by archaeologists to unearth the buried secrets of human cultural evolution at this huge, spectacularly well-preserved 9,500-year-old village in Turkey. Here lie the origins of modern society -- the dawn of art, architecture, religion, family -- even the first tangible evidence of human self-awareness, the world's oldest mirrors. Some archaeologists have claimed that the Mother Goddess was first worshipped at atalhoyuk, which is now a site of pilgrimage for Goddess worshippers from all over the world. The excavations here have yielded the seeds of the Neolithic Revolution, when prehistoric humans first abandoned the hunter-gatherer life they had known for millions of years, invented farming, and began living in houses and communities. Michael Balter, the excavation's official biographer, brings readers behind the scenes, providing the first inside look at the remarkable site and its history of scandal and thrilling scientific discovery. He tells the very human story of two colorful men: British archaeologist James Mellaart, who discovered atalhoyuk in 1958 only to be banned from working at the site forever after a fabulous ancient treasure disappeared without a trace; and Ian Hodder, a pathbreaking archaeological rebel who reinvented the way archaeology is practiced and reopened the excavation after it had lain dormant for three decades. Today Hodder leads an international team of more than one hundred archaeologists who continue to probe the site's secrets. Balter reveals the truestory behind modern archaeology -- the thrill of history-making scientific discovery as well as the crushing disappointments, the community and friendship, the love affairs, and the often bitter rivalries between warring camps of archaeologists. Along the way, Balter describes the cutting-edge advances in archaeological science that have allowed the team at atalhoyuk to illuminate the central questions of human existence.
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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 1/15/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.30" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

Preface to the Paperback Edition
Introduction
"It's Neolithic"
A Prehistoric Art Gallery
The Dorak Affair
Ian Hodder
Return to Catalhoyuk
On the Surface
At the Trowel's Edge
Dear Diary
The Neolithic Revolution
The Domesticated Human
Fault Lines and Homecomings
Burning Down the House
"Always Momentary, Fluid and Flexible"
The Long Season
'Till Death Us Do Part
Taming the Wild
The Goddess and the Bull
Epilogue
Notes
Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index
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