вторник, 10 декабря 2019 г.

Ancient site older than Gobeklitepe unearthed in Turkey


Turkish archaeologists have uncovered an ancient site that may likely be older than Göbeklitepe, known as the world's oldest temple.

Ancient site older than Gobeklitepe unearthed in Turkey
Credit: Muhammed Furkan Güneş/AA
Rector at Artuklu University İbrahim Özcoşar told Anadolu Agency (AA) that the discovery made at Boncuklu Tarla (Beaded Field), in southeastern Turkey's Mardin, resembles Göbeklitepe but could be 1,000 years older.


Excavations at the site, located in Mardin's Dargeçit district, began in 2012. Preliminary estimates suggest that the site dates back to the Neolithic period.

Ancient site older than Gobeklitepe unearthed in Turkey
Credit: Muhammed Furkan Güneş/AA


"It is possible to consider this as a finding that proves the first settlers [in the area] were believers," Özcoşar said. "This area is important in terms of being one of the first human settlements," he added, pointing to the similarities between Boncuklu Tarla and Göbeklitepe.

Ergül Kodaş, an archaeologist at Artuklu University, said the history of Boncuklu Tarla is estimated to be around 12,000 years old.

"Several special structures, which we can call temples, were unearthed in the settlement, in addition to many houses and dwellings," Kodaş said.

Source: Daily Sabah [December 04, 2019]



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