Gobekli Tepe Western Asia, Turkey

Gobekli Tepe

Western Asia, Turkey

Description

Radiocarbon dating puts Gobekli Tepe at between 10,000 and 9000 B.C., making it to be generally considered the oldest religious structure ever found. The ancient site contains stone structures and pillars featuring carvings of various predatory animals. The construction of the stone pillars (some weighing nearly 20 tons) remains a mystery since they were erected at a time when humans were thought to be simple hunter-gatherers. The discovery and ongoing excavation of Gobekli Tepe could eventually change our conception of prehistory forever.

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