MARDIN, Turkey

An ancient temple estimated to be over 11,000 years old has been found in eastern Turkey.

The temple dating from the Neolithic period with four monuments (steles) was unearthed in Dargecit in Mardin, an area known to have been home throughout history to Sumerians, Akkadians, Babylonians, Hittites, Assyrians, Romans, Seljuks, and Ottomans, among others.

Ergul Kodas, an archaeologist at Artuklu University and advisor to the excavation area, told Anadolu Agency that the temple, built with small stones and hardened clay floors, belongs to the same period as Gobeklitepe, the famed “oldest temple in the world.”

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