Featuring a Neolithic jaw rebuilt using a 3D printer, The Curious Case of Çatalhöyük exhibition sheds light on 300 years of habitation at a 9,000-year-old settlement in Turkey that in its heyday housed between 3,000 to 8,000 souls. Under the supervision of British archaeologist Professor Ian Hodder since 1993, the Çatalhöyük Research Project traces how one of the world’s earliest societies made the transition from hunting to farming and moved from large social groups to smaller households. The centrepiece of the show is an immersive digital sculpture by Refik Anadol comprising 2.8 million data records tied to 250,000 archaeological finds.
The Curious Case of Çatalhöyük is organised by Koç University’s Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (ANAMED) with technological sponsorship from Grundig. It runs at the Brunei Gallery, SOAS University of London in Russell Square until 15th December. Visitors can take a Virtual Reality (VR) tour of the settlement from Tuesday 20th to Saturday 24th November 2018, from 10.30am – 5pm. Late night Thursday until 8pm. Admission is free.