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Remarkable Wall Paintings Discovered at Catalhoyuk

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Archaeologists excavating the important Neolithic site of Catalhoyuk* in central Turkey’s Konya Plain have uncovered an elaborate 9,000-year-old wall painting depicting an enigmatic arrangement of brightly-colored geometric shapes. “[The painting] is by far the most intricate and elaborate painting we have found during our excavations here since the mid-90s,” said British archaeologist Ian Hodder of Stanford University who directs the project. “We’ve been waiting quite a long time for something so elaborate.” Hodder remains puzzled over what the painting depicts, although he says it could be a representation of bricks used to form some sort of stylized structure.

Remarkable Wall Paintings Discovered at Catalhoyuk

Archaeologists excavating the important Neolithic site of Catalhoyuk in central Turkey’s Konya Plain have uncovered an elaborate 9,000-year-old wall painting depicting an enigmatic arrangement of brightly-colored geometric shapes.


* Shahina Farid, “Excavating Catalhoyuk,” Archaeology Odyssey, May/June 2005.
 


 
The most famous mural discovered at Catalhoyuk shows a volcanic eruption looming behind what appears to be a map of the city. New volcanic data confirms a volcanic eruption during the occupation at Catalhoyuk.

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