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Abstract

This paper will explore how forensic methodology helps archaeologists analyze excavation sites, specifically in Çatalhöyük, Turkey. Since the examination of an excavation site is similar to the examination of a crime scene, forensic science methods are valuable tools in determining past human lifestyles and historical occurrences. Like forensic scientists, archaeologists work with other scientific experts in order to support or deny hypotheses about artifacts and burials. For instance, biology, chemistry, and physical anthropology are key sciences that enable archaeologists to design theories on how ancient people lived out their daily lives; these sciences are especially useful when written records from ancient cultures were not left behind—such as is the case with Çatalhöyük.

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