A painted, wild boar sculpture discovered at Göbeklitepe

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Exciting discoveries have been made at Göbeklitepe and Karahantepe, often referred to as the “zero point” of history. In Göbeklitepe, a life-sized sculpture of a wild boar was unearthed.

As part of the Taş Tepeler project, which sheds light on prehistory and has seen highly significant discoveries on a global scale, the archaeological excavations carried out in 2023 in 9 different areas have recently led to the discovery of human and animal sculptures.

A painted, wild boar sculpture discovered at Göbeklitepe
Photo Göbeklitepe Excavation team

The Ministry of Culture and Tourism has released a written statement providing the following information:

In the D structure of Göbeklitepe, a life-sized wild boar sculpture made of limestone was discovered.

This sculpture, which exhibits red, white, and black pigment residues on its surface, marks the first painted sculpture from its era to the present day.

The wild boar sculpture found in Göbeklitepe was situated on a pedestal adorned with decorations believed to include an H-shaped symbol, a crescent, two snakes, and three human faces or masks.

Karahantepe
Photo The Ministry of Culture and Tourism

Additionally, in the ongoing excavations at Karahantepe:

One of the most realistic sculptures of the era was unearthed, standing at a height of 2.3 meters and featuring a lifelike facial expression.

This seated sculpture, which strongly evokes the image of a deceased human with emphasized rib, spinal, and shoulder bones, was discovered within a niche fixed to the ground.

In the same area where the sculpture was found, an vulture sculpture placed on the wall and stone plates left on the ground were also uncovered.

Photo The Ministry of Culture and Tourism

These discoveries provide valuable insights into prehistoric art and shed light on the cultural significance of Göbeklitepe and Karahantepe.

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