• A Clay Mask Depiction from Göbekli Tepe

    Author(s):
    Oliver Dietrich (see profile) , Laura Dietrich, Jens Notroff
    Date:
    2018
    Group(s):
    Archaeology
    Subject(s):
    Archaeology, Neolithic
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Göbekli Tepe
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/tbyn-jk78
    Abstract:
    During the 2001 excavation season at Göbekli Tepe, a fragment of a small miniature mask depiction was found in Enclosure D. The fragmentarily preserved object was originally ovaloid in form, the back is concave. It features a very prominent nose and large, nearly open-worked eyes. An indention supposedly depicting the mouth is rather small, on the other hand, and not very deep. The mask measures just 1.3x0.7cm. The surface is darkened-greyish, which indicates burning in reducing conditions. Whether the mask was intentionally burned remains uncertain; a future scientific examination of the find could resolve this issue. The article explores the potential meanings of this unique find.
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    Published
    Last Updated:
    9 months ago
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