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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 most well preserved Neolithic site found to date. The site is in Turkey: coordinates E37° 40′ 3″ N; 32° 49′ 42″. The population was about 6,000 and the food they ate was mainly wheat, barely and rice.

In July 2012, it was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.[2]


  1. Also Çatalhöyük, Çatal Höyük, Çatal Hüyük, or any of the three without diacritics; çatal is Turkish for "fork", höyük for "mound".
  2. [1] Çatalhöyük added to UNESCO World Heritage List Global Heritage Fund blog article
This article is about a World Heritage Site