CATAL HUYUK EXHIBITION IN ISTANBUL
The Yapi Kredi Bankasi is sponsoring an exhibition about James Mellaart's most well known archaeological discovery, the Neolithic Town of Catal Huyuk. It is being staged at their corporate headquarters in Istanbul, Turkey.
The exhibition premier is next week and not only will a number of priceless artifacts from Catal be on view but the bank has invited Mellaart and his wife to attend.
photo of part of Catal Huyuk today, as the construction of a dome to cover the site is in progress
We do not believe he will be speaking but if he does it would be an extra added attraction and we would recommend attending if at all possible.
But even if Jimmy is not going to talk, the objects in the exhibition will speak loud and clear.
Many will be coming from the Ankara Museum and some will, we have heard, never have been publicly displayed. In addition, Mellaart was asked and has sent some of the large paintings of the murals he commissioned during the four seasons he worked the site.
These have never been seen publicly as well.
We spent many weeks with Mellaart and can only speak of him in the highest terms.
We are also plenty mad a scheiss kopf and ignorant like steve price would have the stupidity and audacity to have described Mellaart as he did.
So for anyone who is anywhere near Istanbul next week we would suggest calling the Bank and finding out when the exhibition will have public hours for viewing.
By the way, we have been privy to many of these archaeological treasures since first meeting, and then beginning to work with Mellaart, in 1981 and, like countless others, are amazed at the skill and artistic sensibilities mankind was able to manifest circa 9,000-7,500BC.
At this time Catal Huyuk was the most developed and advanced "city" on the face of the earth.
Granted, future explorations will possibly reveal earlier and even more advanced locations of sophisticated human occupation.
Since virgin soil was never be reached in Mellaart's explorations ,or in the new ones being done there by Ian Hodder, eventually it might be proven this site was occupied long before then and may have a history stretching well back into the Palaeolithic period (10,000B.C. and earlier).
The jury is out on many issues concerning man’s developmental history but James Mellaart’s discovery of Catal Huyuk, and the site itself, has been central in broadening our understanding and illuminating the darkest reaches of man’s prehistoric artistic and technological achievements.
We urge all viewers, even that fool steve price, to visit the website:
We also urge any of you who are amazed and stimulated by what is contained therein to read Mellaart’s book “Catal Huyuk: A Neolithic Town in Anatolia” published by Thames and Hudson in1967, as well as “Excavations at Hacilar” published for the British Institute of Archaeology at Ankara by the University Press in 1970.
Both of these works are summations of the original excavation reports Mellaart wrote after each season of digging.
These were published in “Anatolian Studies - Journal of the British Institute of Archaeology at Ankara” and, though extremely rare and very hard to locate, are well worth the effort, as they are far more complete and informative than the books abstracted from them.