North Cyprus Travel | The Oldest Statue on Earth?

North Cyprus Travel | The Oldest Statue on Earth?

If you make the trip to Sanliurfa, to visit Göbekli Tepe, also call in at the small archaeological museum. Here, near a few artefacts from the Göbekli Tepe site, you will find what may be the world’s oldest statue. It is now in its own glass case but until recently was just standing in a corner. The statue was found a few years ago, in pieces, in the central Balıklı Göl area of the city when the foundations for a new commercial building were being excavated. It is estimated to be twelve thousand years old, so may pre-date and have no connection with the archaeological dig ten miles away.

Although many much older figurines – depicting humans (usually female) – have been found in a number of places, this is the oldest human ‘statue’ to have been found. At about four and a half feet tall it is (almost) life size and is of a male holding, or protecting, his genitals. So it was possibly a fertility object. As it is carved out of pale limestone and has had black obsidian inserted to make eyes, it looks like and is sometimes referred to as ‘The Sanliurfa Snowman’.

The museum is situated in a small garden in central Sanliurfa, a short walk from the Sanliurfa Dedeman Hotel.

Michael Greening author of  You Cannot Change The Way You Are

North Cyprus Travel | The Oldest Statue on Earth?

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