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Social Studies Middle School

Ancient Humans Began Worshiping in Turkey

In southeastern Turkey, archaeologists are studying ruins of what may be one of the first human places of worship. Archaeologists have long thought that humans began participating in religious rituals only after they invented agriculture. But ancient site of Gobekli Tepe, which dates back 11,500 years, may suggest otherwise. Gobekli Tepe is home to the world’s oldest temple. Listen to the story to learn more about what the site reveals about the beginnings of human civilization.

Ancient Civilization Ancient Middle East Religion

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AIR DATE: 10/24/2014

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