Cartographic Properties and Current Situation of the Oldest Picture Map in Çatalhöyük

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Gökgöz T.

The Portolan, vol.75, no.2, pp.43-49, 2009 (Refereed Journals of Other Institutions)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 75 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Title of Journal : The Portolan
  • Page Numbers: pp.43-49


Çatalhöyük was included as one of 30 historical heritages of the world by the World Monuments Foundation in New York (Brock, 2001). Çatalhöyük map is one of them for which secure dating is available. It is also important from the point of the purpose of the rock art (Smith, 1987).  It is indeed the world’s first city plan. In this study, digital images of the three sections of the map displayed at the Museum have been taken with a high resolution camera. The pixels of analogous colours are converted to black, and thus the current situation of the map is determined. It can be evaluated as an excellent map from many cartographic aspects (i.e. accuracy, completeness, clarity and comprehensibility, legibility, and  esthetics) subjected to this paper keeping in mind that it was painted in 6200 ± 97 B.C. However, it has not been obtained completely, and the remained sections of it have been badly damaged.