Video: 3-D Digging at Çatalhöyük

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Watch Duke University Professor Maurizio Forte introduce new cyber-archaeology techniques used at the Neolithic site of Çatalhöyük:

**Video published on BHD with the permission of Dr. Maurizio Forte**


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The UNESCO World Heritage Site Çatalhöyük in south-central Turkey is the world’s largest and best-preserved Neolithic site. The 65-foot-high mound was discovered in 1958 by British archaeologist James Mellaart, who excavated the 9,000-year-old tell in the early 1960s, uncovering numerous mudbrick houses with relief carvings, wall paintings, statuettes and human burials. In 1993, an international team under the direction of archaeologist Ian Hodder resumed excavations at Çatalhöyük, and current research projects at the site form stand out as one of the world’s highest-profile archaeological investigations.

The Stanford University and the University of California Merced project “3D-Digging at Çatalhöyük” aims to “record, document (with different digital technologies) and visualize in virtual reality all the phases of archaeological excavation,” according to an article published in the International Journal of Heritage in the Digital Era.

Read more in Duke Today.

A recent volcanic study suggests that a mural at Çatalhöyük is the first recording of a volcanic eruption. Read more in Bible History Daily.


More on Çatalhöyük in the BAS Library

Farid, Shahina. “Excavating Catalhoyuk.” Archaeology Odyssey, May/Jun 2005, 26-28, 30-32.

Balter, Michael. “Discovering Catalhoyuk.” Archaeology Odyssey, May/Jun 2005, 16-19, 22-25, 50-51.

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  • Mike says

    There is no 3D digging, yes?

    This is simply 3D imaging of what has already been dug, yes?

    This is entirely different from ground penetrating radar, yes?

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