Re: Archaeological record

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Posted by Kree @ Gilded Lilies on September 12, 2002 at 18:03:53:

In reply to: Re: Archaeological record posted by Catherine Cartwright Jones on September 11, 2002 at 03:05:08:

: Yes, that's my bit of research. I can make a very strong case for
: henna use at Catal Huyuk at 7000 BCE ... but there's not enough hard
: evidence to prove it.

Catherine - what about the stamps? Museum at Ankara has a glass case
full of stamps that I sat down & redrew some of the patterns from,
which I can send you if you like. They are small stone stamps, just
about palm size. The dating on them was roughly 7-9000 BCE. The
label on the case said that they were for a variety of uses
INCLUDING "tattooing". The patterns are very similar to current day
anatolian rug patterns. I did try to locate a scholar who knew more
specifically about the use of the stamps, but no one was available to
talk to me - unfortunately we were only in Ankara for 2 days and were
not able to pursue the inquiry.

Catal Huyuk is an incredible place, by the way - only about 2% of the
settlement has been uncovered and there are 17 layers of cities. At
its peak they estimate 150,000 people. There is a small archeological
camp for the workers there with a sign in the window that said
something like "Free the Catal Huyuk 7!" - I am assuming some poor
underpaid anthro students!


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