A River's Alluvial Fan Made Çatalhöyük a Good Place to Live
9,000 years ago, Çatalhöyük was located on the banks of the Çarsamba
River. In Neolithic times, as today, this river flowed north from
the Taurus Mountains and spread its rich sediments in an alluvial
fan over the plain.
"In the Neolithic, this would have been quite a nice place to
live. You would have had water for drinking, for washing.
Animals would have been drawn to the river-ideal for hunting.
People could have traveled south to the mountains in boats to
gather timber for houses, and other resources. And the soil was
fertile for growing crops."
Peter Boyer, excavator and environmental archaeologist, 2000