Vulture Stone, Göbekli Tepe

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Ibolya Horvath
by Sue Fleckney
published on 08 December 2020

Göbekli Tepe is a c. 12,000-year-old archaeological site in Anatolia, Turkey. The deepest and oldest Layer III is also the most sophisticated with enclosures characterised by different thematic components and artistic representations.
This is pillar no. 43, the 'Vulture Stone.' On the left-hand side, a vulture is holding an orb or egg in an outstretched wing. Lower down there is a scorpion, and the imagery is further complicated by the depiction of a headless ithyphallic man.

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