Göbekli Tepe (“potbelly hill” in Turkish), a Neolithic hilltop sanctuary, represents the oldest known human-made religious structure in the world. It is found about 15 kilometers (9 mi) northeast of the town of Şanlıurfa (formerly Urfa / Edessa) and was erected in the 10th millennium BCE. Together with Nevalı Çori, Göbekli Tepe has revolutionized understanding of the Eurasian Neolithic. Discover the magic of this sanctuary in this first short film.
How was this city built: The main researcher thesis is simple and bold: it was the urge to worship that brought mankind together in the very first urban conglomerations. The need to build and maintain this temple, drove the builders to seek stable food sources, like grains and animals that could be domesticated, and then to settle down to guard their new way of life. The temple begat the city.
The second movie presents an investigation into the artistic implications and relevance of the carvings found on the megaliths and standing stones within the ritual complex at Gobekli Tepe in south eastern Turkey. The video is a fascination exploration of this site from a slightly different perspective.