'The zero point of history'/ New statues are discovered in the ancient sites of Gobeklitepe and Karahantepe

2023-10-01 22:26:11 / AKTUALITET ALFA PRESS

'The zero point of history'/ New statues are discovered in the ancient

The first painted statue and one of the most realistic human statues was discovered at the ancient sites of Gobeklitepe and Karahantepe in Turkey.

New discoveries are coming to light in the southeastern province of Sanliurfa, according to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

A life-size wild boar statue made of limestone was found in "structure D" of Gobeklitepe, an ancient site known as "ground zero of history". The work, which shows traces of red, white and black pigment on its surface, was the first painted sculpture found from its period to the present day.

The archaeological dig site is located in Sanliurfa and contains relics dating back up to 12,000 years. The famous ancient site was discovered in 1963 by researchers from the universities of Istanbul and Chicago.

In joint work at the site since 1995, the German Archaeological Institute and the Sanliurfa Museum have found T-shaped obelisks from the Neolithic era, three to six meters high and weighing 40-60 tons.

During the excavations, various 12,000-year-old objects were discovered, such as human statues 65 centimeters high.

The human statue was discovered in Karahantepe

A human statue was discovered during excavations in Karahantepe, Turkey, considered one of the most important settlements of the Neolithic period. The 2.3 meter high human statue, and a candidate for one of the most impressive examples of prehistoric art with a realistic facial expression, was found fixed to the ground on a bench.

A vulture statue and stone slabs were also found in the area,  Anadolu Agency reports .

Since then, research efforts have picked up pace, including the launch of the Gobeklitepe Culture and Karahantepe Excavations project in 2017.

Excavations at the site have led to the discovery of more than 250 T-shaped obelisks similar to those at Gobeklitepe, an official UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the world's oldest temple and called "ground zero of history".

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