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Religion as the Basis for Power and Property in the First Civilizations: Analysis of the Findings at Çatalhöyük, Turkey

Project Leader(s)

Ian Hodder, Director, Çatalhöyük Research Project
Department of Cultural and Social Anthropology, Stanford University


Stanford Archaeology Center, Stanford University (Stanford, CA)


This research project investigates the rise of civilization in Neolithic Turkey (approximately 7,500 BCE) to better understand the emergence of religion and its impact on power and property. An interdisciplinary team of archaeologists, anthropologists, social scientists, and theologians will analyze the findings at the Çatalhöyük site. Their conclusions will be presented in four edited volumes and at a conference.

Grant Amount:
Start Date:
May 2006
End Date:
December 2011
Grant ID:
12021, 13463

Suite of 2 separate grants totaling $2,353,250

Other Participants

Justin L. Barrett
Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology
University of Oxford (Oxford, UK)

Peter Biehl
Department of Anthropology
State University of New York at Buffalo (Buffalo, NY)

Robert N. Bellah, Elliott Professor of Sociology Emeritus
Department of Sociology
University of California – Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)

Maurice Bloch
Department of Anthropology
London School of Economics (London, UK)

Rene Girard, Professor of French Emeritus, Andrew B. Hammond Professor in French Language, Literature, and Civilization
Department of French and Italian
Stanford University (Stanford, CA)

F. LeRon Shults
Department of Theology
Agder University (Kristiansand, Norway)

Rodney Stark, University Professor of the Social Sciences
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Baylor University (Waco, TX)

J. Wentzel van Huyssteen, James I McCord Professor of Theology and Science
Princeton Theological Seminary (Princeton, NJ)

Harvey Whitehouse
Department of Anthropology
Queen's University Belfast (Northern Ireland, UK)

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