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Seated goddess on a throne flanked by two lionesses. Catal Hutuk.

Catal Huyuk [1] was a very large Neolithic and Chalcolithic settlement in southern Anatolia, which existed from approximately 7500 BC to 5700 BC. It is the largest and best preserved Neolithic site found to date. The site is in Turkey: co-ordinates E37° 40′ 3″ N; 32° 49′ 42″.


  1. Also Çatalhöyük, Çatal Höyük, Çatal Hüyük, or any of the three without diacritics; çatal is Turkish for "fork", höyük for "mound".