Konya region – Neolithic and Selcuk/Ottoman
Çatalhöyük, probably the most known Neolithic site in Turkey, was included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage sites in 2012. The site has a long occupation life from Ceramic Neolithic to Chalcolithic. It is made famous by its sheer size, unique arrangement of the built space, murals, .numerous burials, as well as its team all of which are factors contributing greatly to the understanding of the evolution of early economy, social organisation and culture.
It is the oldest Aceramic Neolithic site in Central Anatolia and a key site for the period. The people of Aşikli practised agriculture but had no domestic animals. In the site, mudbrick houses are uncovered, as well as many burials, lithics and beads some of which are made from copper. With about 400 rooms and 70 burials excavated information in all aspects of life is abundant. In the site there is an extensive reconstruction of houses.
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The mausoleum and dervish lodge of Mevlana, a sufi Mystic who lived in 13th century, was converted to a museum in 1926 by a decree. Mevlana museum is a must see place where the mystic atmosphere of Seljuk and Ottoman periods can be experienced.