Professor Ian Hodder is the Dunlevie Family Professor in the department of anthropology at Stanford University. He also led the Çatalhöyük Research Project, directing an international team of archaeologists in excavating Çatalhöyük, a 9,000-year-old site in Turkey and one of the world’s first urban centers. His work contributes to our understanding of the development of one of the world’s earliest societies, the social and economic organization of the settlement, and the transformation from hunting and gathering to agriculture and civilization.