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Göbekli Tepe

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In 2014 I visited Şanlıurfa, a major reason for visiting this fine town was that I knew the site of Göbekli Tepe could probably be visited, which turned out to be the case, and quite simple at that.

Quoting from Wikipedia (to which I recently contributed for the umpteenth time, as should you!): "Göbekli Tepe (Turkish: [ɡøbe̞kli te̞pɛ], "Potbelly Hill") is an archaeological site at the top of a mountain ridge in the Southeastern Anatolia Region of Turkey, approximately 6 km (4 mi) northeast of the town of Şanlıurfa. The tell has a height of 15 m (49 ft) and is about 300 m (984 ft) in diameter. It is approximately 760 m (2,493 ft) above sea level. It has been excavated by a German archaeological team that was under the direction of Klaus Schmidt from 1996 until his death in 2014. The tell includes two phases of ritual use dating back to the 10th-8th millennium BCE. During the first phase (Pre-Pottery Neolithic A (PPNA)), circles of massive T-shaped stone pillars were erected. More than 200 pillars in about 20 circles are currently known through geophysical surveys. Each pillar has a height of up to 6 m (20 ft) and a weight of up to 20 tons. They are fitted into sockets that were hewn out of the bedrock. In the second phase (Pre-pottery Neolithic B (PPNB)), the erected pillars are smaller and stood in rectangular rooms with floors of polished lime. The site was abandoned after the PPNB-period. Younger structures date to classical times. The function of the structures is not yet clear. Excavator Klaus Schmidt believed that they are early neolithic sanctuaries."

I was disappointed in the sense that the visible structures did not contain as many of the massive stones as I expected. Also the roof covering the excavations and the beams supporting it (and probably keeping part of the excavated area from collapsing) were too obvious to thoroughly enjoy the ancient structures. I kind of expect that the new museum that is under construction in Şanlıurfa will show more or all of what I missed this time around, and as I intend to return when the museum has been opened I hope to see more in the not too distant future. For the time being I just show pictures of almost anything visible to visitors, almost without captions because so far I know little about what I saw. There are many sites on the Internet that will inform you more.
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