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Religion at Work in a Neolithic Society: Vital Matters

Religion at Work in a Neolithic Society: Vital Matters book cover
Cambridge University Press

This book is about the role of religion in early human societies and is the result of a unique collaboration between an archaeological team and a range of specialists in ritual and religion. The contributors discuss the early farming village in Turkey called Çatalhöyük, which has been excavated since 1993 by Ian Hodder and an international team of collaborators.


Ian Hodder presents Çatalhöyük in a new perspective and invites an exciting interdisciplinary group to respond. It is like a particle accelerator in action, as their collisions spin off all sorts of new insights from a site at a pivotal Neolithic moment in human history."
Trevor Watkins, University of Edinburgh

"Çatalhöyük has long stimulated the imagination and provoked bold ideas. Continuing an innovative project already remarkable for its daring, Ian Hodder has again put into conversation scholars bringing an impressive range of disciplinary perspectives."
Webb Keane, University of Michigan

"This innovative and path-breaking book provides indispensable insights into the material and immaterial worlds of Neolithic community, ritual, and religion. The essays of these international scholars will quickly draw readers into the exciting worlds of Neolithic life in general, and Çatalhöyük in particular, and reshape debate and discussion of daily life within Neolithic communities for years to come."
Ian Kuijt, University of Notre Dame