The image seen on an obelisk found during excavations at Göbekli Tepe, a 12,000-year-old site in the southeast of the province of Sanliurfa, could be the oldest pictograph in the world, according to the information provided by the researchers.
“The obelisk scene unearthed at Göbekli Tepe could be interpreted as the first pictogram, it represents a human head on the wing of a vulture and a headless human body under a stele”, Explained the director of the Sanliurfa Museum and head of the excavations at Göbekli Tepe, Müslüm Ercan and adds: “There are various figures like skulls and scorpions near the figure”.
Ercan has commented that objects found at Göbekli Tepe provide information about ancient burial traditions. “There were no graves 12,000 years ago. The corpses found were left outside and the raptors ate them, so people thought that their souls had gone to heaven, "adds Ercan.
Ercan has said that it was called ‘burial in heaven’ and was depicted in the obelisk of Göbekli Tepe, which is the site of the oldest temples in the world.
Many of the objects unearthed during excavations in the Neolithic area were the first of that nature, as Ercan commented and added that Göbekli Tepe served as a religious center and geo-radar work has shown 23 temple structures in the region.
Ercan has told that the two obelisks they were found facing each other and were surrounded by other small obelisks.
“We have a small sculpture of a pig in our museum. It was found in front of the stelae. These stelae are believed to symbolize beings sacred to the people of Göbekli Tepe. The people of this time used the temples to meet at certain times to pray and read their vows«, Declared Ercan.