Menschenknochen in Göbekli Tepe

Since the beginning of excavations in 1995, some 700 fragments of human bones have been recovered from the backfill of the special buildings. Although, very fragmented and partly with poor preservation, they show very interesting features which are still under anthropological research.

The intentionally modified fragments of three human skulls, which were discovered in close association with the edifices, are strongly suggestive of a new and previously unknown type of mortuary cult at this time.

The examination of bone material from Göbekli Tepe has been undertaken using special high resolution microscopes. Age and sex estimations as well as paleopathological investigations were carried out using standard anthropological methods. Additional information relating to taphonomic and paleopathological processes has been obtained using plain radiography, scanning electron microscopy, digital microscopy and histology (DAI).

Eintrag bearbeitet: 13-09-2022