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dc.contributor.authorMeece, Stephanie
dc.date.accessioned2008-03-19T14:48:21Z
dc.date.available2008-03-19T14:48:21Z
dc.date.issued2006
dc.identifier.citationMeece, Stephanie (2006) A bird’s eye view - of a leopard’s spots. The Çatalhöyük ‘map’ and the development of cartographic representation in prehistory. Anatolian Studies 56:1-16en
dc.identifier.urihttp://www.dspace.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/195777
dc.description.abstractThe striking wall paintings uncovered in the excavations at Çatalhöyük have fascinated archaeologists and non-archaeologists alike, and many interpretations of their content and meaning have been proposed. This article re-evaluates the claim that one of these paintings is a map of the village, with Hasan Dağ erupting above it. It is argued that the excavator’s first interpretation of the objects depicted in the painting, i.e., that they are a leopard skin above a panel of geometric design, is in fact a far more reasonable one, when this painting is contextualised within the entire corpus of painting and other art objects found at the site. Implications of this re-interpretation for our understanding of Neolithic spatial and symbolic representation, and the origin of map-making are considered, as well as the importance of the depiction of animals and felines in the Neolithic period.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherThe British Institute of Archaeology at Ankaraen
dc.subjectarchaeologyen
dc.subjectmap-makingen
dc.subjecthistory of cartographyen
dc.subjectÇatalhöyüken
dc.subjectNeolithicen
dc.subjectleopardsen
dc.titleA bird’s eye view - of a leopard’s spots. The Çatalhöyük ‘map’ and the development of cartographic representation in prehistory.en
dc.typeArticleen
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