Vegetation History and Archaeobotany

, Volume 16, Issue 6, pp 467–479

Wild plant seed storage at Neolithic Çatalhöyük East, Turkey


    • School of Social ScienceUniversity of Queensland
  • Danièle Martinoli
    • Institute for Prehistory and Archaeological Science IPASBasel University
  • Ann Butler
    • Institute of ArchaeologyUniversity College London
  • Gordon Hillman
    • Institute of ArchaeologyUniversity College London
Original Article

DOI: 10.1007/s00334-006-0069-3

Cite this article as:
Fairbairn, A., Martinoli, D., Butler, A. et al. Veget Hist Archaeobot (2007) 16: 467. doi:10.1007/s00334-006-0069-3


Full analysis of eight seed samples collected in the 1960's excavations at Neolithic Çatalhöyük East, Turkey, is presented. Detailed investigation of the composition and context of the samples suggests that the Neolithic population collected, processed and stored seeds from Capsella sp. and Descurainia sp. (wild crucifers) for food use. In addition seeds of Vicia/Lathyrus sp. (wild vetch), Helianthemum spp. and Taeniatherum caput-medusae mixed with Eremopyrum type (grasses) were also found, some of which may have been used for food or other purposes. The analysis demonstrates that wild seed exploitation was a regular part of subsistence practice alongside the economic staple of crop production, and again demonstrates how diverse plant use practices were at the site.


ArchaeobotanyNeolithicÇatal HüyükStorageWild plants

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag 2006