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For the old Kurdish shepherd, it was just another burning hot day in the rolling plains of eastern Turkey. Crouching down, he brushed away the dust, and exposed a strange, large, oblong stone.
Following his flock over the arid hillsides, he passed the single mulberry tree, which the locals regarded as 'sacred'. The man looked left and right: there were similar stone rectangles, peeping from the sands. The solitary Kurdish man, on that summer's day in 1994, had made the greatest archaeological discovery in 50 years.
To date, 45 of these stones have been dug out - they are arranged in circles from five to ten yards across - but there are indications that much more is to come.
Geomagnetic surveys imply that there are hundreds more standing stones, just waiting to be excavated. If Gobekli Tepe was simply this, it would already be a dazzling site - a Turkish Stonehenge.
Calling his dog to heel, the shepherd resolved to inform someone of his finds when he got back to the village. Others would say he'd made the greatest archaeological discovery They got in touch with the German Archaeological Institute in Istanbul. Archaeologists worldwide are in rare agreement on the site's importance.
And so, in late 1994, archaeologist Klaus Schmidt came to the site of Gobekli Tepe (pronounced Go-beckly Tepp-ay) to begin his excavations. 'Gobekli Tepe changes everything,' says Ian Hodder, at Stanford University.
But several unique factors lift Gobekli Tepe into the archaeological stratosphere - and the realms of the fantastical. Gobekli hails from a part of human history that is unimaginably distant, right back in our hunter-gatherer past. Schmidt speculates that bands of hunters would have gathered sporadically at the site, through the decades of construction, living in animal-skin tents, slaughtering local game for food.
The site of Gobekli Tepe is simple enough to describe.
The oblong stones, unearthed by the shepherd, turned out to be the flat tops of awesome, T-shaped megaliths.