Gobekli Tepe, an archaeological treasure in southeastern Turkey: new sites discovered




Photo: profimedia / Tugay Kutlu / Seskimphoto

Photo: profimedia / Tugay Kutlu / Seskimphoto

Turkish researchers have discovered eleven new hills near the 12,000-year-old prehistoric Gobekli Tepe site in the southeastern province of lianlıurfa, which bears the title of the world’s first temple.

“We have discovered 11 larger hills on the 100-kilometer line around Gobekli Tepe,” Culture and Tourism Minister Mehmet Ersoj said, adding that the area will now be called “12 hills,” meaning 12 hills.

Ersoy said extensive research in this area will be completed and the results will be presented in September, as well as that this area could be called the pyramid of southeastern Turkey.

Gobekli Tepe has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 2011, and was discovered in 1963 as part of research by teams of scientists in Istanbul and Chicago.

In a joint work that has been carried out on the site since 1995, the German Archaeological Institute and the Shanliurf Museum have found Neolithic T-shaped obelisks 3 to 6 meters high and 40 to 60 tons. During the excavations artifacts such as a human statue 65 centimeters high and 12,000 years old were discovered.



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