Şanlıurfa is Changing History

Karahantepe Excavations
Karahantepe Excavations

Like Göbeklitepe, a statue head carved into the bedrock and ritual areas were discovered at Karahan Tepe in Şanlıurfa. It is thought that an older center can be reached than Göbeklitepe in Karahan Tepe, which is located in Şanlıurfa and where more than 250 obelisks have been identified. So far, 35 T-shaped obelisks have been discovered at Karahan Tepe, which is about 250 kilometers from Göbeklitepe. It is very likely that this area has 12.000 years of history. There is also the possibility that it will become a more priority place than Göbeklitepe. It can also become the new focus of attention. In other words, as it is excavated, we can say that “Şanlıurfa is Changing History”.

One of the important settlements of the Neolithic period, KarahantepeArtifacts unearthed in Istanbul reveal the artistic skills of people who lived 11 years ago.

Karahantepe Ruins Excavation Head Prof. Dr. Necmi Karul,  He said that they started the excavations in Karahantepe in 2019 and that they had two very productive seasons in a short time in terms of archeology.

Informing that a building with a diameter of 23 meters was unearthed during the excavations, and that most of it was carved into the bedrock, and that it reached a depth of 5,5 meters from the surface, Karul stated that it was built as a result of great engineering.

There are animal figures on the obelisks at Göbeklitepe, and human figures on Karahan Tepe.

A statue head appears in the foreground in the Karahan Tepe post shared by the Minister of Culture and Tourism on social media.

Karahan Tepe Excavation Head Prof. Dr. Karul said, “This year, we have obtained very important finds in which the human symbolism stands out. Sculptures, we discovered new structures. The head of the statue is quite interesting. The head of the statue with a diameter of 50 cm was carved into the bedrock. We also found structures carved into the bedrock around it.” says.

Stating that Göbeklitepe is one of the places distinguished by “T” shaped obelisks and does not represent a single period, Prof. Dr. Karul said, “Life in Göbeklitepe is not just a period of 'T' shaped stones. It reflects a much longer process, there is a 700 - 800 year settlement or use.

It is certain that Karahan Tepe settled somewhere in this period. It can cover a longer period of time, it can start earlier. The excavations we will carry out here will show all this, but at least we can say that this process overlaps with an important time interval and it is contemporary (in the same period). This means 11.500 years ago from today.”

Source: AA

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