Excavation Narratives and Reflexive Practices at Çatalhöyük

Author(s): Burcu Tung

Year: 2017


A microcosm in itself, The Çatalhöyük Research Project has, in one way or another, intellectually, emotionally and physically altered the lives of its members. The project ethos, in turn, has changed through time with the dynamics that surround research and managerial practices of the individuals making its body. Further the project has been part of a local landscape enduring sociopolitical changes within Turkey. As a member of the Çatalhöyük Research Project since 1997, in this paper, I reflect on the practicalities of the Project’s reflexive excavation methodologies. I explore the different narratives that have structured the excavation methodologies of the different teams engaged in the project. I bring my perspective, as a female Turkish archaeologist, to the challenges that have been faced, the opportunities that may have been missed, and the accomplishments that have been made in lieu of the competing expectations held by different team members.

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Excavation Narratives and Reflexive Practices at Çatalhöyük. Burcu Tung. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 431483)


Spatial Coverage

min long: 25.225; min lat: 15.115 ; max long: 66.709; max lat: 45.583 ;

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 16623