Turkish authorities investigatng mysterious monolith near ancient site of Göbeklitepe

Turkish authorities are investigating a mysterious metallic monolith discovered close to an ancient site in Turkey’s southeast province of Şanlıurfa, Duvar news site reported.

Officials will soon make an announcement on the three-meter-tall object found near the 12,000 year-old temple in Göbeklitepe, it cited Şanlıurfa Governor Abdullah Erin as saying.

The object, which has the words "Look at the sky and see the moon’’ in the the Old Turkic script of Göktürk, was discovered on Friday in a field near the UNESCO World Heritage site, prompting a large number of people to flock to the area.

The governor’s office has increased security around the object as authorities continue to investigate the origin and method of transportation of the object, Duvar said.

"Authorities will release a statement soon. We too are curious about the (origin of the) object,’’ Erin said.

Göbeklitepe was discovered in 1963 and excavations began in 1995. The site is made up of a series of circular and oval shaped structures with stone-age installations that are believed to have been mainly used for religious and ritual purposes. 


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