Çatalhöyük Research Project:
"Çatalhöyük was successlly in scribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List on July 1, 2012 at the meeting of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee in St. Petersburg. The members of the Committee congratulated Turkey on its nomination of this rare prehistoric site.
Thanks to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and to the Turkish Mission to UNESCO for their successful and hard-working nomination of Çatalhöyük.
Thanks also to all team members who over many years have helped bring the site to its current state, and to all our sponsors for making our work possible."
Unesco - "Neolithic Site of Çatalhöyük (Turkey): Two hills form the 34-acre site on the Southern Anatolian Plateau. The taller eastern mound contains 18 levels of Neolithic occupation between 7,400 and 6,200 B.C., including wall paintings, reliefs, sculptures and other symbolic, and artistic features. Together they testify to the evolution of social organization and cultural practices as humans adapted to a sedentary life. The western mound shows the evolution of cultural practices in the Chalcolithic period from 6,200 to 5,200 B.C. Çatalhöyük provides important evidence of the transition from settled villages to urban agglomeration which was maintained in the same location for over 2,000 years. It features a unique street-less settlement of houses clustered back to back with roof access into the buildings."