Why did humans settle down and start living in cities? What is the relationship between people and things?

Ian Hodder leads the Çatalhöyük Research Project, shedding light on the development of one of the world’s earliest societies, the social and economic organization of the settlement, and the transformation from hunting and gathering to agriculture and civilization. In recent research, he has built theories about how human entanglement with material things draws humans down certain evolutionary and historical pathways while at the same time constraining choices that can be made.

Çatalhöyük Research Project

Since 1993, Ian Hodder has been directing the international team of archaeologists that is excavating Çatalhöyük, a 9,000-year-old site in Turkey and one of the world’s first urban centers. Thousands of people lived in this large settlement, and the excavations are designed to learn more about the life of its inhabitants and the development of complex social systems, and to place the spectacular art and artifacts from the site in their full environmental, economic, and social context.

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