There is also a smaller settlement mound to the west and a Byzantine settlement a few hundred meters to the east.
The prehistoric mound settlements were abandoned before the Bronze Age.
During the summers of 1997–2003 a team from the University of California at Berkeley (the BACH team) excavated an area at the northern end of the East Mound of Çatalhöyük.
The houses there date predominantly to the late Aceramic and early Ceramic Neolithic, around 7000 BC.
The tumulus is a hill with two flat areas with different altitudes. There were a number of excavations here in 1961-19.The site rapidly drew international attention due to the large size and dense occupation of the settlement, as well as the spectacular wall paintings and other art that was uncovered inside the houses.Mellaart was banned from Turkey for involvement in the Dorak affair in which he published drawings of supposedly important Bronze Age artifacts that later went missing (Pearson and Connor, 1968).Çatalhöyük is located overlooking wheat fields in the Konya Plain, southeast of the present-day city of Konya, Turkey, approximately 140 km (87 mi) from the twin-coned volcano of Hasan Dağ.The eastern settlement forms a mound which would have risen about 20 meters (65 ft) above the plain at the time of the latest Neolithic occupation.Last House on the Hill is the final report of the BACH excavations.This volume comprises both interpretive chapters and empirical data from the excavations and their materials.century, locals in the region were well aware of its existence.In fact, Çatalhöyük has been used by different communities almost continuously from the Neolithic right up to the present day.TY - JOURT1 - Accelerator mass spectrometry dating at Çatalhöyük AU - Göktürk, E. Our measurements suggest that this unique Neolithic town may have been initiated at the East mound around 8390 BP. Radiocarbon dates reveal a complicated chronology, as was foreseen from archeological investigations.