11,500 Year Old Site Found In Turkey

Göbekli Tepe, a stone complex believed to be a one-acre temple although experts estimate the area can actually reach up to 22 acres. Researchers set the date of this monument around 11,500 years ago (9,500 BC).



The first Göbekli Tepe was first discovered in the 1960s. At the time, however, the individual who discovered it did not expect the significant sign of the monument.




But the fact was only discovered about 30 years later, in 1994, when a German archaeologist named Klaus Schmidt visited the site. He has been working on excavation at the Göbekli Tepe since 1995 with the help of the German Archeological Institute. Carbon dating to the site suggests that it was built 11,500 years ago.

A geomagnetic test conducted at the site of the Göbekli Tepe revealed that there were about 200 blocks of stone erected to form 20 circles. All of these rocks are in the 'T' letters with a height of 3 to 6 meters. Each weighs between 40 and 60 tons. The stone pillar also has carvings of various animals such as buffalo, snake, fox, lion and others.


In general, most researchers think Göbekli Tep is a temple complex or religious complex, probably the oldest in the world.

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