The exhibition “The Curious Case of Çatalhöyük” is developed to celebrate the 25th excavation season of the Çatalhöyük Research Project. Known for its fascinating cutting-edge archaeological research methods, and laboratory collaborations, Çatalhöyük is presented through experiment-based display features including 3D prints of finds, laser-scanned overviews of excavation areas, and immersive Virtual Reality (VR) opportunities that bring the 9000-year-old Çatalhöyük settlement back to life. The exhibition will remain open at the ANAMED Gallery in Istanbul from 21 June 2017 to 18 February 2018.

UC Merced Professor Nicola Lercari and his HIVE Lab contributed to this exhibit providing scientific data and 3D models and consulting about VR.


Professor Lercari is leading an effort to preserve, through 3-D documentation, augmented reality, and archaeological citizen science the deteriorating ghost town of Bodie, CA.

Thanks to $60,000 in seed funding from the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) and other generous support from California State Parks Coultural Resources Division and Resources Legacy Fund Lercari and his team will be continuing and expanding the project until the fall 2018.

A preview of UC Merced work at Bodie State Historic Park in 2016-2017

A preview of work UC Merced work at Bodie State Historic Park in 2015


Professor Lercari conducted archaeological fieldwork at the Neolithic UNESCO World Heritage site of Çatalhöyük from 2011 to 2017. Preview of what it's like working out in the field:

Flying Unmanned Aerial Systems at Çatalhöyük in 2015

Terrestrial Laser Scanning and 3D simulation of excavation areas and buildings at Çatalhöyük

 Additional previews of Lercari's remote sensing work at Çatalhöyük

 Additional previews of Lercari's his HIVE Lab work on 3D simulation and 3D modeling of Çatalhöyük History Houses