The ancient site at Gobeklitepe has always been known to be the location of the worlds first temple. However; an ancient site which may be older that Gobeklitepe has been uncovered in Southeastern Turkey.
The rector of Mardin Artuklu University, Ibrahim Ozcosar, has said that the site discovered at Boncuklu Tarla in Mardin province may be 1,000 years older than Gobeklitepe.
This area has been home to many civilizations throughout history and Ozcosar believes that “it is possible to consider this as a finding that proved the first settlers were believers”.
Archaeologist, Ergul Kodas, told Anadolu Agency that the history of the area is estimated to be around 12,000 years old. There have been several structures which may be temples discovered along with houses and dwellings.
These buildings are similar to those in Gobeklitepe and Kodas said that the discovery “could shed light on many topics such as how the people in northern Mesopotamia and the upper Tigris began to settle, how the transition from hunter-gatherer life to food production happened and how cultural and religious structures changed”.