This weblog is meant to give an insight into ongoing excavations and archaeological research at the Pre-Pottery Neolithic site of Göbekli Tepe in southeastern Turkey. Notes on recent field work and short contributions by staff members of the research project will address some of the questions and topics often brought up regarding the monumental structures unearthed at Göbekli Tepe.

The Göbekli Tepe Research Project is an interdisciplinary long-term project addressing the role 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 Archaeological Institute (DAI – external link) in close cooperation with the Şanlıurfa Haleplibahçe Museum [external link]. The archaeobiological part of the project is conducted by the Institute of Palaeoanatomy, Domestication Research and the History of Veterinary Medicine, Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich [external link].

We are grateful to the General Directorate of Cultural Assets and Museums of the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism [external link] for their kind permission and support to excavate this important site. Scientific work at Göbekli Tepe is funded by the German Archaeological Institute (DAI) and the German Research Foundation (DFG – external link).

Further Information:
Official Göbekli Tepe website of the German Archaeological Institute [Deutsches Archäologisches Institut – external link].

DFG-funded project “The Prehistoric Societies of Upper Mesopotamia and their Subsistence” [Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft – external link].