Did humans domesticate plants, or did they domesticate us? Archaeologists at Çatalhöyük, a 9,000-year-old site in Turkey, offer lessons on how agriculture and other major innovations can yield unexpected long-term consequences for human society and the world around us.
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Ceren Kabukcu, Ph.D., is a bioarchaeologist with expertise on the identification and analysis of carbonized plant remains from archaeological habitations of early farmers and late Palaeolithic hunter-gatherers from the Near East and the Eastern Mediterranean. She completed her Ph.D. in Liverpool and subsequently held a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship with a project looking at… Continue Reading
Ian Hodder is an archaeologist and professor. Since 1993, he has been excavating the 9,000-year-old Neolithic site of Catalhoyuk in central Turkey, 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. He is… Continue Reading
Marco Milella, Ph.D., is a research assistant at the Department of Physical Anthropology, Institute of Forensic Medicine, University of Bern. Born and raised in Venice, Italy, Marco got a Ph.D. in evolutionary biology at the University of Bologna. He then moved to Switzerland, working first at the University of Zurich and now in Bern. He… Continue Reading