Göbekli Tepe – the Stone Age Sanctuaries. New results of ongoing excavations with a special focus on sculptures and high reliefs

Klaus Schmidt


The transition from non-food producing to farming societies first took place during the Pre-Pottery Neolithic (PPN) of the Near East. It happened immediately after the end of the Pleistocene, between the 10th to the 8th millennium BC. One of the main questions that have exercised the minds of generations of archaeologists is why people first gave up a hunting and gathering way of life and start to domesticate plants and animals. In other words, why did the Neolithic Revolution take place? The new discoveries at Göbekli Tepe have turned up evidence for explanations that differ from the generally accepted wisdom on this issue.


Pre-pottery Neolithic; Upper Mesopotamia; monumental sanctuaries; anthropomorphic pillars; deities

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4312/dp.37.21


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Ljubljana University Press, Faculty of Arts
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