Courtesy of the Science Museum of Minnesota, middle-schoolers can take a virtual trip to an archaeological dig in central Turkey, southeast of the modern city of Konya. In 1998, archaeologists excavated a Neolithic settlement, that 9,000 years ago, was one of the world's major cities with a population of about 10,000 people. Çatalhöyük is of interest to archaeologists since it was settled at a time when people were beginning to abandon hunter-gatherer lifestyles in favor of communities and agriculture. Presented in a comic book style, the website features information about the processes of an archaeological dig, artifacts found at the dig, loads of activities for kids -- make a neolithic dinner, paint a mural, play a ball game -- as well as virtual tours of both the excavation and a subsequent exhibition at the Science Museum of Minnesota that opened in 2001. There is also a glossary, timeline, maps and links to additional resources.
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