Karahan Tepe in Turkey

Karahan Tepe Foto hurriyetdailynews

The 12,000 year old temple complex at Gobekli Tepe in Southeast Turkey has been on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 2018. It contains the oldest known temples in the world and the site still produces exciting new discoveries.

Less well known is that many other comparable sites have been found in the area. One of these is Karahan Tepe, 35 kilometres from Gobekli Tepe in the province of Sanliufra. This site was discovered in 1997 but excavations by the University of Istanbul did not begin until 2019. Only now are archaeologists beginning to see the immense extent of this site and new finds are being reported almost every day.

Just as in Gobekli Tepe, large T-shaped stone stelae have been found here. In addition, researchers have found more than 250 obelisk-like structures bearing animal figures. Research results show that Karahan Tepe may well be older than Gobekli Tepe. We are then talking about a time more than 12,000 years ago!

Text                 Harrie Wolters

Translation     Alun Harvey


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