Remarkable Places: Göbekli Tepe

First prize for the most unusual archaeological site must be Göbekli Tepe. This remarkable place, in Turkey, is the world’s oldest temple complex. What is astounding to me is that it was created before agriculture. Hunter-gatherers managed to create a division of labour to allow it to be built, staffed by priests, and provisioned with food. I cannot help wondering if it was built to attract visitors from afar to bring offerings. If so, they must have overcome the chronic distrust common among forager bands, and discovered some means of cooperation. I wonder how?



Charles C. Mann, The Birth of Religion ( National Geographic)


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  1. Gobekli Tepe is a truly remarkable place. As you say, It is the oldest temple complex… but I would add “that has been found to date”. I assure you that there are other older religious buildings that have already been discovered but we don’t recognize them for what they are or older buildings that have yet to be discovered. In the meantime, enjoy the view.

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