The Goddess and the Bull : Catalhoeyuk: An Archaeological Journey to the Dawn of Civilization

The Goddess and the Bull : Catalhoeyuk: An Archaeological Journey to the Dawn of Civilization

Description

Veteran science writer Michael Balter skillfully weaves together many threads in this fascinating book about one of archaeology's most legendary sites- Catalhoeyuk. First excavated forty years ago, the site is justly revered by prehistorians, art historians, and New Age goddess worshippers alike for its spectacular finds dating almost 10,000 years ago. Archaeological maverick Ian Hodder, leader of the recent re-excavation at this Turkish mound, designated Balter as the project's biographer. The result is a skillful telling of many stories about both past and present: of the inhabitants of Neolithic Catalhoeyuk and the development of human creativity and ingenuity, as revealed in the recent excavation; of James Mellaart, the original excavator, whose troubles off the mound eventually overshadowed his incisive work at the site; of Hodder and his intense, brilliant crew who marveled and squabbled over the meaning of finds in dusty trenches while attempting to reintepret Mellaart's work; and of the recent history of the theory and methods of archaeology itself. Part story of the human past, part soap opera of modern scholarly life, part textbook on the practice of modern archaeology, this book should appeal to general readers and archaeological students alike.


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Details

Author(s)
Michael Balter
Format
Paperback | 416 pages
Dimensions
152 x 229 x 25.15mm | 567g
Publication date
17 Jan 2009
Publisher
Left Coast Press Inc
Publication City/Country
Walnut Creek, United States
Language
English
Edition Statement
New ed
Illustrations note
16 bw illus.
ISBN10
1598740695
ISBN13
9781598740691
Bestsellers rank
622,863