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Prehistoric Anatolia at Science Buzz this week

Monday, October 8th, 2012 | Posted by

Joan Marler, author and executive director of the Institute of Archaeomythology, will take the stage at Science Buzz Café this week on Thursday, Oct. 11, at 7 p.m.at the French Garden Restaurant. Admission is $4, and the restaurant is at 8050 Bodega Ave. in Sebastopol. The public is encouraged to come early and enjoy the French Garden Happy Hour from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Marler will reveal the newest finds from the sixth through tenth millenia BCE found in Anatolia. Marler has just returned from the prehistoric sites in Eurasia. She will begin with the site Gobekekli Tepe in southeastern Turkey, north of Syria, where nomadic hunter-gatherers created a series of circular megalithic sanctuaries. This site has challenged previous beliefs about the capacities of pre-agrarian peoples.

Rescue excavations in the Euphrates valley have revealed the rich location of Nevali Cori, now submerged due to the rising waters of a dam. The development and spread of domesticated plants and animals are evidenced by the appearance of long-lived agrarian settlements such as Catalhoyuk (7400-6000/5500 BCE) in central Turkey, and Hacilar, discovered by British archaeologists James Mellaart during the 1950s. This presentation is dedicated to the memory of James Mellaart who passed away just as Joan was returning from an extensive visit to archaeological sites in Turkey at the end of July.

Go to sciencebuzzcafe.org for more information.


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