The Goddess and the Bull

The Goddess and the Bull

Book - 2005
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Discovered in 1958 by James Mellaart, Catalhoyuek, located on the Konya Plain in Turkey, is an archaeological site of tremendous importance. Today, under the direction of Ian Hodder, excavations continues unabated. This multi-faceted biography tells the story of Catalhoyuek from a variety of angles. It tells the story of the discovery of the site, of those that directed excavations and the team of diggers and experts working there, as well as their relationships, rivalries and personal aims. However, the book also provides insights into the process of archaeology, discussing what the findings of the Neolithic Dawn of Civilization'. This behind-the-scenes look at the site and the people drawn to it each season is both engaging and informative, much like the site itself. A revealing narrative of people and ideas at the working face of archaeology' - Colin Renfrew.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Free Press, c2005.
ISBN: 9780743243605
0743243609
Characteristics: 400 p. :,ill., map.
Additional Contributors: Swogger, John-Gordon

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ReidCooper
Jan 10, 2012

This is a must-read for anyone seriously interested in a career in archaeology. Balter provides a fascinating and accessible look at the history of an imporant archaeological dig in central Turkey. He looks at the biographies of some of the major playes involved in the dig of Catal Hoyuk over the decades, and uses it has an opportunity to look at the different academic approaches and debates that have surrounded work on neolithic archaeology.

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