Potbelly Hill

Potbelly Hill, or Gobekli Tepe in Turkish, is an ancient archeological site located on the outskirts of Urfa in southeastern Turkey.   The prehistoric site in thought to be th

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Potbelly Hill, or Gobekli Tepe in Turkish, is an ancient archeological site located on the outskirts of Urfa in southeastern Turkey.

 

The prehistoric site in thought to be the world's oldest temple, dating back 11,000 years -- that's 6,000 years older than Stonehenge! The site consists of  large engraved sculptural stone rings that indicate it was a spiritual religious gathering site and not a domicile or village; the site pre-dates civilizations. It is also possible that this was a burial ground. Researchers are still discovering new finds at the site and analyzing data.[i] 

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[i] Andrew Curry. "Gobekli Tepe: The World's First Temple?" November 2008. Smithsonian Magazine. Retrieved 2014-05-28.

The excavation efforts at Potbelly Hill are still underway, but visitors can take a look at some areas. It is located a distance outside the city of Urfa, so a personal car or hired taxi will be necessary for travel.

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