From the Göbekli Tepe Research Project

Göbekli Tepe now a UNESCO World Heritage Site!

The Göbekli Tepe Research Team would like to congratulate the State Party of Turkey on the inscription of Göbekli Tepe on the prestigious list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. At the 42nd Session of the World Heritage Committee, currently underway in Bahrain (Manama), the Outstanding Universal Value (OUV) of the site has been underlined. Accordingly, Göbekli Tepe fulfils three of the selection criteria:

i) represents a masterpiece of human creative genius,

ii) exhibits an important interchange of human values, over a span of time or within a cultural area of the world, on developments in architecture or technology, monumental arts, town-planning or landscape design, and

iv) is an outstanding example of a type of building, architectural or technological ensemble or landscape which illustrates (a) significant stage(s) in human history.

Our research continues at full pace, and the inscription of the site on the UNESCO World Heritage List is an additional incentive. Our work at Göbekli Tepe would not be possible without the continuous support of the General Directorate of Cultural Heritage and Museums, Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Turkey and the Şanlıurfa Museum. Further, we most gratefully acknowledge funding of excavations and research at Göbekli Tepe in the frame of the German Research Foundation (DFG) long-term project, The Prehistoric Societies of Upper Mesopotamia and their Subsistence.

Finally, we would like to take this opportunity to remember Klaus Schmidt, whose tireless efforts from the mid-1990s until his untimely passing in 2014, led to the recognition and excavation of this truly spectacular site.

In the name of the entire Göbekli Tepe Research Team.


  1. Simone

    Wow! I just stumbled across this page by chance and I am totally amazed that even as an architect I have never heard about this incredible site! Hopefully, the newly proclaimed status as a Unesco World Heritage site will change that and spread the word! This place is definitely on my bucket list now!

    • Lee

      Thank you for your kind words!

  2. Cuervo

    Heartfelt congratulations on achieving World Heritage status. Having begun to follow your research in the recent past, the new discoveries and illuminations into this intriguing period are fascinating. Best wishes for all.

  3. denizdikmenblue

    congratulations !!! Really really great !!! Gobeklitepe deserves it by far …. 🙂

  4. denizdikmenblue

    I was amazed of the site when I visited it in 2013

    See also my blogpost on Gobeklitepe as below .
    I do really love it !

  5. sharonstjoan

    Reblogged this on Voices and Visions.

  6. Robert Kerr

    Wonderful news. Tourist figures will, for better or worse, go through the roof..

  7. Loto Valentino Montina

    Well I hope this will help to preserv this so important place for the humanity history!

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