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Genuinely digging the idea of #GraphicAbstracts, I was totally game than @lauradietrich_ asked if I could help with a visualisation of her latest #research concerning #Neolithic #querns and #FoodProcessing

So, here we go: "Reading Saddle Querns", a short introduction. Infographic illustrating, in the form of a flowchart beginni
Now you're curious about what this research is about, aren't you? 😉

Here's a joint article with some insight into what the #querns from early #Neolithic #GobekliTepe can tell us:…
Still want to read more?

Well, good news: @lauradietrich_ has published a whole book on "#PlantFood Processing Tools at Early Neolithic #GöbekliTepe" in the meantime.

Available online and #OpenAccess via @Archaeopress here: Book cover of Laura Dietrich's "Plant Food Processing T
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How ongoing research is increasing the available corpus (and our understanding) of Pre-Pottery #Neolithic #iconography.

Just a little #archaeology 🧵 on why this is really fascinating. 😉

@DrKillgrove reporting on new finds from #Sayburc in SE Turkey for @LiveScience: Screenshot of a Live Scienc...
Original report ("The #Sayburç reliefs: a narrative scene from the #Neolithic") by E. Özdoğan in @AntiquityJ 96(390), 2022:…
Of course, the phallus-flashing guy gets all the headlines.

Well, it *is* quite a picturesque scene - one fitting #Neolithic iconographic conventions in the region & an apparently strong focus on male depictions (here's e.g. a comparable image from contemporary #GobekliTepe). Drawing of a 40 cm high scu...
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Maybe fuelled by recent claims that #Neolithic hunters were too "simple" and thus not capable of cultural achievements, there seems to be a misunderstanding about the "#pottery" part in #PrePotteryNeolithic (PPN).

They actually *did* use vessels. Just other vessels.

A short 🧵: Illustration of a Neolithic house with a woman sitting on th
Well known and clearly associated with #PrePotteryNeolithic contexts are e.g. #StoneVessels from different places like #KörtikTepe in Turkey or #JerfElAhmar and #TellAbr in Syria as well as (often fragmented though) many more related sites (including Göbekli Tepe by the way). Photo of two stone vessels, bowl-like with perforations at t
Bringing up the #GöbekliTepe fragments since they illustrate why finding complete vessels is comparably rare: the material was too valuable to not re-use it.

@lauradietrich_, @odietrich_, & myself discussed the "afterlife" of such #StoneVessels here:… Plate with drawings of three stone vessel fragments, apparen
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"Look Klaus Bey, that stone's got ears!"

Sometimes, starting excavations in a new area, you only got a vague idea about what's really waiting below topsoil.

This is how innocent the now famous so-called #TotemPole from #GöbekliTepe peeked out upon its very first appearance.
Oliver put together a nice little thread here telling how the story of this discovery continued on after that first glimpse:
This find (calling it a #CompositeSculpture may be the more appropriate archaeological terminology) is of special interest since it represents a special type of early #Neolithic sculpture in the region also known from other sites:
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As people keep asking on here and in my DMs: A (rather long) thread of free resources on Early Neolithic Göbekli Tepe for those interested. #Archaeology #GöbekliTepe
First and hot off the press is @lauradietrich_‘s open access monograph on tools for plant food processing from Göbekli Tepe. Interpretations of the builder’s subsistence had long centered on hunting. 10.000+ grinding tools change this considerably:…
For those looking for a shorter summary on plant food at Göbekli Tepe there’s our 2019 paper in PlosOne:…
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#HumanAnimalEntanglement. - Today: "The Curious Case of the #Dancing #Cranes".

1/ Among the many naturalistic animal depictions at early #Neolithic #GöbekliTepe in southeastern Turkey there are some bird depictions with suspiciously odd legs ...
2/ Generally, birds seem to take up a noteworthy role in the iconography at #GöbekliTepe (and other related #Neolithic sites).

The #cranes mentioned above in particular stand out due rather muscular legs and what seems a more human-like #anatomy, including 'knees' and 'toes'.
3/ Do these #crane representations evoke the impression of #masked people?

Yet it was suggested that this even could be more than simple #masquerade: The visualisation of a transformation into the animal itself in the course of #shamanistic rituals?…
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There is so much history (the majority) that we just don't have a clue about.

Absolutely astounding that we can create research & knowledge like this to help better understand our past, navigate our present, and build a more fruitful future for all.
The oldest known bed comes from South Africa and is dated to around 200,000 yrs ago (previous oldest was 80,000 yrs old, also from South Africa).

That means homo sapiens have been using beds for far, far longer than anyone previously though.

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Not an energy tweet this time. Guess where is it in 🇹🇷 Turkey? Bu kere enerjiyle ilgili olmayan bir tweet. Burası Türkiyemizde neresi acaba? Image
Gobeklitepe, Urfa, Turkey. @NatGeo named #Gobeklitepe among 25 travel destinations you need to visit. 0 point of time. The world’s first temple, oldest monument on the planet. Older than the pyramids of Egypt and stonehenge of England. Can you spot the tree in the first picture? Image
Zero point of time. Breathtaking. #Gobeklitepe

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Since we're all still here ... how about a little tour through the #Neolithic exhibition of Urfa's new archaeological museum?

Well, at least the part I'm somehow familiar with ... which means the Pre-Pottery Neolithic #GobekliTepe finds on display there.
Before we start with the tour, let's just have a look at this sculpture right over here: It's so-called #UrfaMan (from Yeni Mahalle / Yeni Yol) - one of the oldest examples of a life-sized human statue, dating back to the Pre-Pottery #Neolithic as well.…
Starting with what still can be considered the only clear #female depiction at #GobekliTepe (which otherwise seems strongly dominated by a rather masculine iconography):

The (later?) carving of a woman on a stone slab found in one of the younger rectangular buildings there.
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#GobekliTepe‘s monumental T-pillars are actually giant #anthropomorphic sculptures. Got to admit that in the beginning of my work there, more than 12 yrs ago, I found it quite ... challenging to recognize this likeness. Until we finally excavated the 'hands & loincloth' part ...
Of course #NevaliCori‘s pillars were already known for some time, complete with hands and stola-like garments. But their abstracted and stylised appearance (still impressively expressionistic to me, by the way) made it a bit of a challenge to easily accept their human shape.
Why am I telling all this? Because there is another find which early on helped me better seeing and understanding this human likeness. I am, of course, talking about the so-called #Kilisik-sculpture found near #Adiyaman in Turkey in the 1960s.
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