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In our last session we discussed the rise of the first cities, in particular Uruk, but also Ur, Jericho and Çatalhöyük. This short video clip shows a CGI reconstruction of the Shrine of the Hunters at Çatalhöyük:

Ian Hodder has been involved with the Çatalhöyük excavation for some years and in this video he talks about the ‘Origins of Settled Life: Göbekli and Çatalhöyük’:

We also made comparisons between Mesopotamia and the first cities of the Indus Valley Civilisation such as Harappa and Mohenjo-Daro, Egypt with Nekhen and Memphis, and Caral in Peru.