Public Feasts and Private Meals Inside the Çatalhöyük House
Twiss, Katheryn C.
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Feasting is generally a ritualized activity, and faunal and artistic evidence
from Neolithic Çatalhöyük in central Anatolia support the symbolic importance
and memorialization of feast animals. Both daily meals and feasting were
constant presences within the household, suggesting that both were key
components of household identity. However, the two phenomena were kept largely
spatially segregated within the household. The Çatalhöyük evidence suggests
that in the Central Anatolian Neolithic, daily meals and ritualized feasting
played different – but both fundamental and arguably complementary – roles in
specifically household identities. Both also take the broader community into
account in terms of their household uses and placements, but in opposite ways.