What happened at Göbekli Tepe?

Göbekli Tepe, one of the most important archaeological discoveries of recent years, will soon enter the World Heritage List. Ritual constructions consisting of T-shaped columns, each of which weighs about 4-5 tons and on which various animals are depicted, began to be built 12 thousand years from now. 

How could the Göbekli Tepe communities, which did not domesticate animals and plants yet, or even not started a sedentary life, and who were a hunter-gathering community, could make such large-scale construction organizations? What do the architecture and symbolism they revealed tell us? 

In METU Science Cafe event, we will address Göbekli Tepe as a part of Neolithic Process in the regional context and try to solve the social and symbolic codes of the period. 


Assoc. Prof. Çiğdem Atakuman

She received her PhD degree in Archeology from the University of California - Los Angeles (UCLA). She worked as a researcher at Getty Research Institute and Manchester University. After working in METU Science and Society Center, she became the Director of TÜBİTAK Department of Science and Society and the Editor-in-Chief of Bilim ve Teknik Magazine. Currently, she is a Faculty Member of the METU Department of Settlement Archeology and the Director of Research and Application Center for Historical and Environmental Values, Her studies focus on the investigation of the social and economic context of Neolithic Period in Anatolia and its spread to Europe. She is conducting various archaeological projects from South-Eastern Anatolia to Western Anatolia.


Date / Time: December 8, 2017 / 19:00

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Batıkent Mahallesi, Adnan İnanıcı Cd. No:49, 27560



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