In this talk, Hodder will describe recent results from Çatalhöyük that suggest changes in the organization of the settlement from molar to molecular processes. The tension between these two trends in social and economic organization may have relevance to some other Neolithic sites in the Middle East.

Ian Hodder was trained at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London and at Cambridge University where he obtained his PhD in 1975. After a brief period teaching at Leeds, he returned to Cambridge where he taught until 1999. During that time he became Professor of Archaeology and was elected a Fellow of the British Academy. In 1999 he moved to teach at Stanford University as Dunlevie Family Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Director of the Stanford Archaeology Center. His main large-scale excavation projects have been at Haddenham in the east of England and at Çatalhöyük in Turkey where he worked from 1993 to 2018. 

Ian Hodder 

Molar and Molecular
A perspective on variation in the Neolithic of the Middle East