Çatalhöyük

Wikipedia;

“Çatalhöyük has been a settlement area in Central Anatolia 9 thousand years ago [3] and is a very large Neolithic and Chalcolithic settlement.”  says for this settlement.

9 thousand years in history. Easy to say, hard to imagine. 9 thousand years!

It is one of the oldest settlements in the world and listed in the World Heritage List by UNESCO. (Source: Vikipedia Çatalhöyük)

For more information and current status of research, please visit: https://www.catalhoyuk.com/

Transportation to Çatalhöyük

First of all, if you think Çatalhöyük is in Konya, forget it, Çatalhöyük is connected to Çumra which is a district of Konya and is a bit far from the settlements.

It was a little disappointing for me to think that the public bus with the title  “Çatalhöyük” would take me there. Although the bus driver says ”yes“, it also has an effect.

When I tried to approach Çatalhöyük on the bus, it was the first surprise of the day that I realize that I couldn’t get too close on the map.

When the bus left me in the last stop, Kaşınhanı Town, I asked what should I do? He told me that I could go to Çumra and reach Çatalhöyük with another vehicle if I could find it from there. Çatalhöyük, where the bus passes, is a neighborhood in Konya and has nothing to do with the place where I plan to go.

I decided that the intercity bus would not take passengers on the road, so I decided to choose the method that most travelers sometimes use: Hitchhiking.

Hitchhiking

I went to the center of Çumra with the first vehicle. They were two friends who went fishing. I was in Çumra center, and I needed another car to take me to the historic site, because there were no other vehicle for transportation.

I approached the village coffeehouse to ask anyone, and I met Uncle Ömer Ali who he was going to his house with his small van. ”Come, I’ll take you,” he said, and started to drive on a little distorted, somewhat smooth roads.


I was planning to go to a place which has a 9,000-years-old history, but my journey on the road was making me travel in time. On the one hand, the city showed the great silence of the village and the other hand, the kindness of its people.

On the way, I waited for Ömer Ali to stop somewhere and finally Çatalhöyük was 2-3 steps away.

I was so excited when I was thinking about what people were going through thousands of years ago.

At the door, I started to visit the Çatalhöyük excavation site. The counselor told me where to start, how to proceed and how not to go out. My reference was Uncle Ömer Ali, I was welcomed everywhere.

Çatalhöyük

Excavation works have been going on for more than 50 years.There weren’t any work in the time period I went and you could travel all around. Before you go, you should call and get accurate information.

There are two different excavation areas as East and West Campus. In the entrance you will find the small houses, the items they use and the remains of some animals. Then you will find some old-age items, some posters and essays about the experiments in the museum-converted section.

Entrance

This section will provide you with a lot of information about the history of Çatalhöyük. You’ve been through these, and the time to see the cities from 9,000 years ago. (I say city but according to us, perhaps even the size of a building)

First I visited the East Campus and then the West Campus. One of the things that I’m most surprised is that the people at those times were building their houses on the bottom, not on the ground. It is possible to understand this situation, which is thought to be made with the motives of protecting them, from the stairs they put in their houses.


The entrance to the museum and excavation area is free. There is only one cafe called Çatalhöyük Cafe.  If you get tired, you can eat something there. I had taken a snack with me when I was going, I sat in the same cafe, ate them, and took my tea from there.

My trip to Çatalhöyük was finished so, don’t forget to leave comments for everything you want to say / ask!

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