Apply for Summer Fieldschool in 3-D Archaeology at CATALHOYUK, Turkey

All students are invited to apply:

*************Çatalhöyük, Turkey

*************Summer School July – August 2012

*************University of California Merced AND Stanford University



UC Merced’s School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts (Prof. Maurizio Forte), in collaboration with Stanford University, will continue the archaeological fieldwork and digital recording in the archaeological site of Çatalhöyük (, Turkey, in 2012, after the successful seasons 2010-2011. The scope is the three-dimensional reconstruction of all the archaeological phases of excavations during the fieldwork and the 3D data recording of the most important artifacts using Teleimmersive systems, computer vision and 3D laser scanners. 


The Neolithic site of Çatalhöyük was first discovered in the late 1950s and excavated by James Mellaart between 1961 and 1965. The site rapidly became famous internationally due to the large size and dense occupation of the settlement, as well as the spectacular wall paintings and other art that was uncovered inside the site structures. Since 1993 an international team of archaeologists, led by Dr. Ian Hodder, has been carrying out new excavations and research in order to shed more light on the people that inhabited the site.

The Project:

Nowadays fieldwork archaeology is able to produce a major amount of information in comparison with the past thanks to an integrated use of digital technologies. This fact open new perspectives in the interpretation process but requires also more advanced skills in different domains.


Selected graduate and undergraduate students will join an international team of more than 120 archaeologists, anthropologists, paleo-environmental scientists, CRM experts, students and very distinguished professors of different disciplines. 


July – August 2012.


Students will learn how to use optical scanners, time of flight scanners, photomodelling, DGPS, GIS, remote sensing, stereo systems of visualization and stereo digital cameras.  Students will also gain skills in archaeological excavation, computer modeling, 3D data recording by different kinds of scanners, use of DGPS (differential global positioning system), use of specific software of 3D data processing and modeling, computer graphics and digital photogrammetry.

The experience of fieldwork at Çatalhöyük is much more than an excavation; it is a unique learning experience with people coming from the entire world. 

If interested please contact Prof. Maurizio Forte: by November 1st, 2011.  The participation to the fieldwork includes enrollment in the summer course WH120.