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Gobekli Tepe: The Dawn Of Sacred Architecture

Gobekli Tepe: The Dawn Of Sacred Architecture

GOBEKLI TEPE: THE DAWN OF SACRED ARCHITECTURE

In this presentation Massimo will lead us on a visual and narrative journey to reveal the secrets of this unique site, the first ever built by Homo Sapiens, the first ever to represent Human’s effort to use geometry to create a sacred site for gathering different nomadic tribes at the very early dawn of civilization.

This presentation revolves around the most important archaeological and architectural discovery of the 21th century: Gobekli Tepe. This is a hill in Turkey  which is covered with several oval monumental structures, thought to be for the ceremonial gathering of prehistoric nomad hunter-gatherers.

Its exceptionality resides in the fact that it was built around 9500 BC, in a time when people were still nomadic. The huge stone structures are fitted with monumental pillars of geometrical shape, a first in history, most of them decorated with incredibly beautiful animals of high symbolical meaning and thus providing the first example ever of nature-based representations with human-made geometrical structures.

In this presentation Massimo will lead us on a visual and narrative journey to reveal the secrets of this unique site, the first ever built by Homo Sapiens, the first ever to represent Human’s effort to use geometry to create a sacred site for gathering different nomadic tribes at the very early dawn of civilization. The presentation will show in detail the site, the different archeological interpretations and its place and meaning compared to preceding and following cultures.

Massimo Izzo (Bio)

Massimo is an Egyptologist, Near Eastern archaeologist and Engineer, born in Naples in 1961. He is a lecturer in Italy and foreign countries, runs in Italy monographic courses and lectures on Archaeology since 2005. M.A. with honors in Marine Engineering at the University Federico II of Naples. B.A. with honors in Science of Cultural Heritage, archaeological curriculum, University of Pisa. M.A. with honors in Archeology of Egypt and the Near East, with honors, University of Pisa.

As Engineer and Egyptologist he's been part of University of Pisa archaeological mission in Egypt, Dra Abu El-Naga, TT14 Theban tomb, Luxor, under the direction of Prof. Marilina Betrò.

Since 2005, teaches at the Open University of Pesaro and various cultural centers devoted to popularizing historical knowledge. The subjects of teachings and conferences ranging from Egyptology and archaeology of the ancient Near East, including Biblical archaeology, on a time frame from Neolithic to Iron Age.



 

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