Did Civilisation Begin at Karahan Tepe? - Humanity Before Göbekli Tepe

Unearthing the origins of civilization has taken a dramatic turn with the discovery of Karahan Tepe, an 11,500-year-old settlement in southeastern Turkey. Excavations have revealed monumental structures, sophisticated architecture, and an array of artifacts that predate the iconic Göbekli Tepe by 1,500 years. This groundbreaking discovery challenges previous assumptions that civilization emerged in Mesopotamia and suggests that the Levant may have been the birthplace of complex societies, pushing back the timeline of civilization and shedding new light on the enigmatic beginnings of human ingenuity.