viernes, 22 de enero de 2016

New findings at Çatalhöyük



Archaeological excavations at the ancient settlement of Çatalhöyük continued in 2015, with a rare human face-like plaster head among the most exciting finds, according to excavation head Prof. Ian Hodder

Catalhöyük, the 9,000-year-old settlement in the central Anatolian province of Konya’s Çumra district, once again amazed archaeologists with new findings in 2015, the most important of which was a rare human face-like plastered head...

...  Last year, excavations started in June and ended in August. The results of the work were published online via a website

Providing information about the last year’s excavations in the Çatalhöyük 2015 archive report, (Pdf) which can be reached online, Hodder said they had unearthed very remarkable finds and among them the most important was a plastered-head with obsidian eyes. 

“[In] Building 132 [B.132] a head was found that had been modeled in plaster, painted and had obsidian eyes inserted. While a Neolithic statue with obsidian eyes has been found in Şanlıurfa, parallels for the Building 132 head are rare. The head was multiply replastered, and in some of the replasterings the obsidian eyes were replaced with black paint. The head was originally attached to the wall of B.132, above and looking into or watching over the entrance into the side storage room. It is tempting to interpret the head and its obsidian eyes as monitoring the movement of stores into and out of the side room. It is not possible to easily determine whether the head represents a human or [an] animal. When viewed face on, many observers see resemblances to a feline or bear, but when viewed from the side, the head has the type of nose and chin seen on anthropomorphic figurines,” said Hodder.

In the report, Hodder said, a stone figurine was also found in the area. [...] .hurriyetdailynews / Link 2 


Actualización: Nuevos hallazgos en ÇatalHöyük (Turquía)
Çatalhöyük, el asentamiento de 9000 años de antigüedad situado en la provincia de Anatolia central, en el distrito Çumra de Konya, ha sorprendido una vez más a los arqueólogos con nuevos hallazgos en 2015, el más importante de los cuales es una rara cabeza de yeso con posible forma humana...