Part 1: A (Re-) Discovery (1994-1996) The Göbekli Tepe Research Project is an interdisciplinary long-term project addressing therole of early monumentality in the origins of food production, social hierarchisation and belief systems as well as questions of early subsistence strategies and faunal developments in Neolithic Anatolia, Turkey. Excavations and archaeological research in the frame of this project are conducted by the Orient and Istanbul Departments of the German ArchaeologicalInstitute in close cooperation with the Şanlıurfa Haleplibahçe Museum. The archaeobiological part of the project is conducted by the Institute of Palaeo anatomy, Domestication Research and the History of Veterinary Medicine, Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich.

A Preliminary Report on the 1995-1999 Excavations. Göbekli Tepe, Southeastern Turkey. A Preliminary Report on the 1995-1999 Excavations. The PPN mound of Gobekli Tepe is situated on top of a mountain north of the Harran plain, near the town of Sanliurfa in Southeastern Turkey. No comparable site is known so far in the Near East in terms of the topographical setting, its megalithic architecture, large scale stone sculptures and several other unusual items. The importance of the religious function of this site can hardly be denied. To the common model of Early Village Farming Communities of the Near East, ecological and economical factors, Gobekli Tepe offers a quite different point

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