Neolithic human, animal figures unearthed in southeastern Turkey

Archeologists have unearthed some human and animal figures on obelisks belonging to the Neolithic period in Turkey's southeastern province of Sanliurfa, the semi- official Anatolia news agency reported on Monday.

Some human figures without heads as well as reliefs of vultures, scorpions, snakes and wild birds on obelisks have been unearthed in Gobeklitepe in Sanliurfa, Dr. Klaus Schmidt, head of the excavations and an official of Berlin Archeology Institute (DAI), was quoted as saying.

"We discovered a human figure for the first time since our excavation work started here 12 years ago. This is a remarkable development," Schmidt said.

Schmidt said that Gobeklitepe was an 11,000-year-old worshipping center established by hunter-collector people of the time.

Stressing that Gobeklitepe brought to daylight the monumental architecture and the advanced symbolic world of the latest hunter groups living close to the "transition to the production period", Schmidt said that there were nearly 20 round-shaped and elliptical- planned constitutions in the archeological site.

According to Schmidt, the animal figures on the obelisks unearthed this year in Gobeklitepe have different characteristics.

"Animal figures drawn by the people of Neolithic era may represent the 'watchman' of the period," said Schmidt, adding that the human figure discovered for the first time in Gobeklitepe was previously encountered in the ancient tumulus of Catalhoyuk in Turkey, which is 2,000 years younger than Gobeklitepe.

Source: Xinhua

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