Snuggled in between the Tigris and the Euphrates (as was the garden of Eden according to Genesis), is Gobeckli Tepe, which means pot-bellied hill. Today the site is mostly under roof for protection, with the current roof being temporary…. it is difficult to get at, or see a lot of the standing monoliths, frankly. This was not the case when I first visited this site some years ago. The radiometry studies show some 20 circles to be excavated, but in 20 years, only five or so of them have begun to be unearthed, some more thoroughly than others, particularly the ones from 1995-2002. Today it is hard to get good shots what with all the supporting beams etc. To some extent, one has to rely on the older photographs by Klaus Schmidt and others…. The following photo shows you that there were spiraling enclosures as well as rectangular ones…. The enclosure descriptions are helpful as well….. In the next post, I will share mostly my own shots of this incredible sanctuary site….
Turkey 2016– Part 29– Gobeckli Tepe II
July 23, 2016 by