Necmi Karul, Ph.D.
Professor, Istanbul University
Department of Archaeology
Remarkable discoveries at the World Heritage site of Göbekli Tepe in southeastern Turkey reveal a rich symbolic world dominated by animal symbols in the early stages of the Neolithic Period when settled life was just beginning. The impressive carved monumental megaliths found here predate Stonehenge by 6,000 years. Excavations at Göbekli Tepe, along with other excavations in the Anatolia, shed light on how people acquired and shared knowledge about the utilization of the natural environment that contributed to the emergence of the basic dynamics that govern modern societies. Göbekli Tepe, which is one of the first settlements, shows us that Anatolia played an important role in this process and brings us closer to the world of the Neolithic people than ever before.
Presented by the UCF Department of Anthropology.