LECTURE: Houses and skulls, households and corporate groups at Neolithic Boncuklu

24 November 2016 18:30 to 20:30 | London

The British Academy, 10 Carlton House Terrace, SW1Y 5AH

Professor Douglas Baird is a specialist in Near Eastern prehistory, researching the development of the first sedentary communities and their transformation into early complex societies. 

Ten years of excavation at Boncuklu, 9.5 kms north of Çatalhöyük in the Konya Plain of central Anatolia, have provided new insights into the spread of farming in the early Neolithic in Anatolia, the significance of its adoption for forager communities, and the development of associated ritual practice.


Professor Douglas Baird is a specialist in Near Eastern prehistory, researching the development of the first sedentary communities and their transformation into early complex societies. He has directed three projects in Turkey, the Konya Plain Survey, Pınarbaşı excavation project and Boncuklu excavation project.

Ten years of excavation at Boncuklu, 9.5 kms north of Çatalhöyük in the Konya Plain of central Anatolia, have provided new insights into the spread of farming in the early Neolithic in Anatolia, the significance of its adoption for forager communities, and the development of associated ritual practice. Distinctive forms of household and corporate groups emerged in this context. The economic, social and symbolic worlds and interconnections of these first farming communities will be explored and in the process the antecedents of behaviours seen at Çatalhöyük will be revealed and considered.

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