Pictures of Museum of Anatolian Civilisations Catalhoyuk Artefacts - { 138 images } Created 3 Oct 2018

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Pictures and images of artefacts and antiquities from Catalhoyuk ( Çatalhöyük ) in the Museum of Anatolian Civilisations, Ankara. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Catalhoyuk is the biggest Neolithic settlement discovered so far. It is situated on a low hill overlooking the Konya Palin. There are two excavations, the North and south site and originally these would have been on opposite sides of a stream. The Catalhoyuk collection in the Museum of Anatolian Civilisations contains artefacts such as clay goddesses as well as artworks removed from the interior wall of Catalhoyuk houses. The Collection of Neolithic goddesses contains what looks like a very obese goddess with big breasts. Scholars believe she is a fertility goddess of some power as she is seated between two leopards. The Catalhoyuk wall frescoes depict hunting scenes and what may be some sacred ceremony in which unarmed people are seen dancing around a deer grabbing its tail and pulling its tongue out.
Two painted wall reliefs of leopards show how important this animal was in the culture of Catalhoyuk. Many of the figures in hunting scenes are wearing leopard costumes and it is believed that the leopard had strong religious meanings. The Anatolian Civilisations Museum is in two Ottoman buildings located near Ankara Castle, in the historical Atpazarı district of Ankara. One of the buildings is Mahmut Paşa Bedesteni and the other is Kurşunlu Han.

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