The role of cult and feasting in the emergence of Neolithic communities. New evidence from Göbekli Tepe, south-eastern Turkey

  title={The role of cult and feasting in the emergence of Neolithic communities. New evidence from G{\"o}bekli Tepe, south-eastern Turkey},
  author={Oliver Dietrich and Manfred Heun and Jens Notroff and Klaus Schmidt and Martin Zarnkow},
  pages={674 - 695}
Göbekli Tepe is one of the most important archaeological discoveries of modern times, pushing back the origins of monumentality beyond the emergence of agriculture. We are pleased to present a summary of work in progress by the excavators of this remarkable site and their latest thoughts about its role and meaning. At the dawn of the Neolithic, hunter-gatherers congregating at Göbekli Tepe created social and ideological cohesion through the carving of decorated pillars, dancing, feasting—and… 

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