I ran into this accidentally and thought paleohacks might be interested reading in the lengthy reports on the Catalhoyuk (ca 6000-8000 BC) excavations.
Of interest to me were the presence of ovens, grain and plentiful animal bones. Cattle were auroch-like undomesticated animals, so the bones are relatively rare compared to the sheep/goats which were becoming domesticated. The concept of a stack-town, with top entry dwellings and no streets is also interesting.
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on February 22, 2012
at 11:57 PM
No, there are no discoveries to be made. Everything has already been considered or discarded and all the cool kids have been re-elected to reign over paleo-as-we-know-it to the exclusion of all newcomers. In the mean time, I will be reading your link. But I am always skeptical of the conclusions of these finds but I like to read about it. Thanks.
on February 23, 2012
at 03:36 PM
Well, if this is up to 8,000 to 10,000 years ago, wouldn't it be roughtly at the beginning of the Neolithic era? Or we may have to acknowledge that the Neolithic era stretches back a lot longer than previously thought. What kind of grains were the ancient Turks eating and baking with their "ovens"? I suspect wheat of the Einkorn variety?
I thought the discovery that the ancient Chinese eating white rice up to 10,000 years ago was the furthest evidence of grain consumption. Perhaps people have been eating grains for a lot longer than thought.