The book begins with a puzzle: leopards are a central part of C¸atalho¨yu¨k’s art, but virtually none of their remains have been found. In solving this mystery, the reader is led into the elaborate social and symbolic world of C¸atalho¨yu¨k—a world where people were buried beneath the floors of houses, later to be exhumed and decapitated, and the head handed down from generation to generation.
This lively firsthand account of a major archaeological site is full of insights into past lives and momentous events, and is richly illustrated with images of the art, the artifacts, and the excavations themselves.
Any new book by Hodder is cause for great anticipation in archaeological circles …both specialists and amateurs will find his volume fascinating…Essential.
…a richly absorbing examination of an intensely alien world.
— Atlantic Monthly
Ian Hodder is Dunlevie Family Professor in the Department of Cultural and Social Anthropology at Stanford University. He has been Director of the C¸atalho¨yu¨k Research Project since 1993.