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Çatalhöyük Area TP Zooarchaeology

Faunal Data from Area TP of Çatalhöyük, Turkey

Project Abstract


This is a large dataset extracted for the purpose of an Anatolian Neolithic zooarchaeological meta-analysis. It is part of an even larger database containing all the zooarchaeological results thus far recorded from the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Çatalhöyük, Konya province, Turkey. The data presented here is the result of almost twenty years' work (1995-2012) by several main analysts and numerous students and assistants, but is neither complete nor final. Accordingly, users are requested (a) to take care to cite the correct analysts for each area, and (b) to read the associated documentation carefully in order to avoid misinterpretation.


The Çatalhöyük excavation and recording system has developed over the course of the project. Rather than repeating its history here, users are advised to read the reports listed below. The process of selecting data for the current analysis is explained below, while the field descriptions provide some information on recording methodology.

Potential Applications of Data

This dataset is designed primarily for analyses of NISP, herd structure, and biometry in a large and long-lived Neolithic settlement. It's availability online is aimed at facilitating inter-site comparisons within Central Anatolia and the wider region.

Represented Excavation Areas, Recording, and Sampling

The data available in this project represent specimens documented for Çatalhöyük Area TP. Zooarchaeological data for other areas of the site are presented in another project in Open Context.


Publication Note

Open Context published this dataset as part of a larger data integration project involving participants in the Anatolia Zooarchaeology Working Group (led by Benjamin Arbuckle). The project "Biogeography of Early Domestic Animals using Linked Open Data" was funded with a Computable Data Challenge award from the Encyclopedia of Life. The project published and integrated zooarchaeological data from 13 sites in Turkey, spanning the Epipaleolithic through the Bronze Age. Open Context editors made the integrated and published data in this study available for convenient mass-download in tabular (CSV) form via GitHub.

Image Credit

Credit for this project's illustrative image Çatalhöyük Project (via Flickr) (CC-By-NC-SA)

Descriptive Attribute Value(s)
Vocabulary: DCMI Metadata Terms (Dublin Core Terms)
Arek Marciniak info
Vocabulary: Çatalhöyük Area TP Zooarchaeology
Vocabulary: DCMI Metadata Terms (Dublin Core Terms)
Vocabulary: DCMI Metadata Terms (Dublin Core Terms)
Neolithic info
Vocabulary: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Open Context References: Neolithic hub
Spatial Coverage
Vocabulary: DCMI Metadata Terms (Dublin Core Terms)
Suggested Citation

Arek Marciniak. (2013) "Çatalhöyük Area TP Zooarchaeology". Released: 2013-03-02. Open Context. <> DOI: ARK (Archive):

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