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Karkın, Abdıtolu, Dedemog˘ lu, and Hayırog˘ lu) (see Map 2) to develop a community
based participatory research design. These communities were chosen as potential part-
ners because of their close geographic connection to the Çatalhöyük site.
Building on Bartu’s work (1999, 2000, 2006) with the local communities around
Çatalhöyük, I originally aimed to put together a team of archaeologists and local
community members. Together, we would develop a series of regular community
meetings that would create a two-way sharing of information about the research at
Çatalhöyük. Local communities would participate in designing some of the research
questions that they, in partnership with archaeologists, would investigate. The aim
was to expand the concept of “the site”—a method that Bartu advocates (Bartu 2000,
Bartu Candan 2006). The idea was to involve local communities in the Çatalhöyük
research by working with local residents to develop and answer research questions
that meet community needs.
In 2006, I initiated the project by conducting a series of interviews with residents
from the six local communities I just named. I had hoped these interviews could identify
the level of interest that community members had in archaeology and the roles they
might like to have in archaeological research at the site. However, community members
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Eastern Mediterranean region. The Çatalhöyük site, in
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