World’s Oldest Temple to Be Restored

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Göbekli Tepe

Göbekli Tepe, a site located in Turkey, has received funding to restore the oldest temple ever discovered. The pillars and carved stones are estimated to be 12,000 years old, which predates the projected date of agriculture and the invention of ceramics. With the new funding, the site will be able to build protective coverings for exposed structures as well as fencing and walkways. These renovations are intended to protect the site from the impact of tourism. As demonstrated by one German tourist climbing the Great Pyramid of Giza, ancient and irreplaceable sites require more protection from visitors. It is immensely important to preserve sites such as this, which illuminate a shared history and heritage. Thus, it is exciting to see sites like Göbekli Tepe having the means to protect and also showcase the past.

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Photo: Göbekli Tepe/ Credit: Wikimedia Commons, Teomancimit

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