An Evaluation of Restitutions Prepared for the Architecture of the Neolithic Site of Gobeklitepe and a Proposition

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Karacali A. O., URFALIOĞLU N.

MEGARON, vol.14, no.1, pp.63-73, 2019 (ESCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 14 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Doi Number: 10.5505/megaron.2018.60362
  • Journal Name: MEGARON
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.63-73
  • Yıldız Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Neolithic studies were mainly about the agriculture. However, the Neolithic was a period where all aspects of human life changed dramatically. Hence, this era must be studied in detail by various disciplines, as well as the architecture. Although small in number, there still are some studies processing the Neolithic architecture. And additionally, there are restitutions drawn for some Neolithic structures. However, the restitutions are heavily based on personal predictions and are open and vulnerable to criticism. Gobeklitepe is a stunning Neolithic findspot from Tukey. Not only by the scale of the structures excavated but also by the facts it offered, this site forced scholars to reconsider what they knew about the early Neolithic. As the much interest increased in time, many studies processed about this site and various restitutions were prepared as well. Once again, these restitutions were personal, and they must be investigated by the facts that scientific studies on the site figured out. And more accurate restitutions for Gobeklitepe must be drawn, matching with same scientific data.