Friday April 5, 2013

The Department of Conservation & Recreation’s Visitors Museum at Western Gateway Heritage State Park will offer an illustrated lecture, "Gobekli Tepe ... Silent Stones," at 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 6.

Gobekli Tepe is a hilltop sanctuary erected on a mountain ridge in southeastern Turkey. Here archeologists have uncovered a vast temple complex, a structure so ancient that it may redefine antiquity.

The temple was built 11,500 years ago -- 7,000 years before the Great Pyramid, and more than 6,000 years before Stonehenge. The ruins predate villages, pottery, domesticated animals and even agriculture -- the first symbols of civilization.

Western Gateway Heritage State Park is located south of the Hadley Overpass on Route 8. The Visitors Museum is in building 4. Information: (413) 663-6312.


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