How did the mound at Çatalhöyük form?

This is a visualization of the formation of one of the Çatalhöyük mounds. The construction of the city took place approximately 9000 years ago. Houses were built on top of the remains of previous generation's houses, eventually creating a stack of buildings and debris. After the houses were abandoned, the buildings began to erode forming a small mound in the landscape.

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