Archaeology Books on Turkey

Last Updated on May 2, 2019

The most interesting book on Anatolian archeology in recent years is Michael Balter’s The Goddess and the Bull.

If you liked reading about Heinrich Schliemann and the treasures of Troy, you’ll love reading about James Mellaart and the discovery of Çatalhöyük, perhaps the most important Neolithic site yet discovered.

Balter, a journalist and archeology writer for Sciencemagazine, has a polished style that’s a joy to read, and a keen eye for details and personalities.

Who ever thought old dirt hills could be so exciting?

The Goddess and the Bull is available hardbound and paperbound.

Order from Amazon.co.uk (UK) or Order The Goddess and the Bull from Amazon.com (US)

Çatalhöyük: An Archaeological Journey to the Dawn of Civilization

by Michael Balter

“If you’re interested in when people first began to settle down in villages and towns, and you can read only one book, this is the one to choose. If you’re interested in how archaeologists reconstruct the social organization, economy and religion of prehistoric communities and why they often disagree, this again is the book you want. And if you think learning interesting stuff often means plowing through a lot of dull prose and technical detail, you’ll be pleased to find that this is a book you’ll have a hard time putting down.” —Richard Klein, Stanford University

” …a revealing narrative of people and ideas at the working face of archaeology.”—Colin Renfrew

” …an evocative portrayal of the process of archaeology…”—Ian Tattersall

” Michael Balter takes us on a fascinating journey…”—Brian Fagan

” Erudite and meticulously researched…—Heather Pringle
” …a classic.”—Bruce Trigger

—Tom Brosnahan

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