Summary: Recent excavations in southeastern Türkiye have led to the discovery of a 2.3-meter statue of a man and a 1.2-meter depiction of a boar. The statue, found at the Karahantepe site, offers valuable insights into the social order and architecture of the Stone Age. The boar sculpture, dating back 11,000 years, is the first colored sculpture from this period. These discoveries add to the growing body of knowledge on humanity’s origins in the region.
The dry expanses of south-eastern Türkiye have yielded fresh discoveries in the form of a stone phallus and a colored boar. The stone phallus, a carved statue of a man holding his phallus, was found at the Karahantepe site. The 2.3-meter sculpture is believed to have served as a pillar supporting the wooden roof of one of the rectangular buildings. The discovery sheds light on the social order and architectural practices of the Stone Age inhabitants of the area.
The Karahantepe site is part of the network surrounding the UNESCO-listed Gobekli Tepe, an ancient gathering place that predates Stonehenge and the Egyptian pyramids. The area’s settlements provide clues about the new social order that emerged after the Ice Age.
In addition to the carved statue, an 11,000-year-old depiction of a boar was also discovered at Gobekli Tepe. With its red eyes and teeth and black-and-white body, this boar sculpture is the first colored sculpture from this period to be found. The boar, measuring 1.2 meters in length and 70 centimeters in height, adds to our understanding of the art and symbolism of this ancient civilization.
While the function of the Karahantepe site remains unknown, the discoveries of the stone phallus and the boar sculpture provide valuable insights into the rituals, beliefs, and daily life of the people who once inhabited these areas. The findings also raise questions about the sudden abandonment and destruction of the sites after centuries of use. The ongoing excavations in the region, spanning over 100 kilometers, offer a promising future for uncovering more ancient mysteries.
Tags: Ancient Discoveries, Southern Türkiye, Stone Age, Archaeology, Gobekli Tepe