Catalhoyuk Research Project

Numerous skeletons have been uncovered beneath the platforms and floors of Catalhoyuk’s houses—all buried lying on their left sides in a crouching position, like the two children in the photo above. Some burials have yielded as many as 60 skeletons, suggesting that related families or clans chose a single burial site for their deceased. These multi-burial crypts were opened again and again as deaths occurred over several generations, enabling members of an extended family to remain together in death.