Visiting Çatalhöyük

The site of Çatalhöyük is situated on the Konya plain, ca. 50 km southeast of the city of Konya, Central Turkey. It is a large (13 ha) tell settlement made up of two distinct mounds, separated from one another by the former course of the Çarşamba River: older, East Mound, dated back to the Neolithic period (ca. 7100-5950 B.C.) and younger, West Mound, assigned to the Early Chalcolithic (ca. 6000-5500 B.C.). Due to its large size and complexity it is counted amongst the so called Near Eastern megacities. In 2012 the site has been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list.

The site is open daily all the year round.  However, the best time to visit is in summer, during the excavation season. The excavation season runs from July until August/ September.


Getting to Çatalhöyük

Çatalhöyük is located ca. 50 km to the southeast of the city of Konya, near the town of Çumra.
Address: Çatalhöyük, Küçükköy, Çatalhöyük Yolu, 42500 Çumra/Konya.

By car/taxi: you can rent a car or take a taxi from Konya.

By bus: Buses (dolmuses) are available from Konya. They depart from Eski Garaj in the city center. The direction is Küçükköy - Karkin. The bus stops at the village of Küçükköy which is 1 km from the site, but the driver, when told, can take you directly to the site. 

A guidebook and a site map are available to download...


All visual materials contained on this website are the property of Çatalhöyük Research Project
Poznañ Archaeological Expedition at Çatalhöyük, Adam Mickiewicz University
ul. Uniwersytetu Poznañskiego 7, 61-614 Poznañ, Poland