Two million and 800 thousand visited Göbekli Tepe in 6 years

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Director of Culture and Tourism in the Turkish state of Şanlıurfa, Aydin Aslan, said that the Göbekli Tepe archaeological area received two million and 800 thousand visitors in six years.

Aslan pointed out on Monday that people from Turkey and abroad have increased their knowledge of the Göbekli Tepe region, located in the state of Şanlıurfa, especially after its inclusion on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2018.

He added: “Our excavations are continuing and we display all the discovered artifacts here at the Şanlıurfa Archaeological Museum.”

He added: “Last year, we found the oldest and first colored pig skeleton, and this year we expect that the excavations will present new works to the scientific world.”

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The Göbekli Tepe site is one of the oldest places of worship on Earth. It was discovered in 1963 by researchers from the American universities of Istanbul and Chicago, and excavation and research continued for about 54 years.

In 1995, many antiquities were discovered in the region, including “T”-shaped stone obelisks dating back to the Neolithic era, measuring between 3 and 6 meters in length and weighing between 40 and 60 tons, bearing drawings, animal shapes, and human statues.​​​​​​

In 2018, the Göbekli Tepe region was included on the UNESCO World Heritage List and continues to be the subject of many books, films, documentaries, series and animated films.