Göbekli Tepe is arguably one of the most captivating archaeological sites in anywhere in the world, not just for its age, but for its artisanship. The location is perhaps best known not just for its age, but for the iconic pillar structures that are a mainstay of the site. In this special edition of the Seven Ages Audio Journal, we look at this enigmatic ancient site, and what its discovery has meant for Archaeology in the 21st century.
Joining us to discuss her work at the site is Sarah Kielt Costello, Associate Professor of Art History and Director of the Humanities Program at the University of Houston-Clear Lake. She earned her Ph.D. in anthropology from the State University of New York, Binghamton and her M.A. in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology at Bryn Mawr College. Her research areas include Mesopotamian and Cypriot prehistory and museum and heritage studies. She is a co-editor of several volumes, and her work is also published in the journals Cambridge Archaeological Journal and Antiquity.
Dr. Costello has excavated in Cyprus, Turkey, Israel, and Greece and in 2013 participated as a Fulbright Fellow in the Summer Session at the American School of Classical Studies. In 2021, she was awarded a University Faculty Fellowship in recognition of exemplary teaching, research, and service to UHCL. We discuss her work at Göbekli Tepe on this edition of the podcast, and what can be derived about the ways of life in the ancient world from the study of this site’s captivating art and monumental structures.
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Below are links to stories covered on this edition of the podcast:
- Our Sponsors: The Smoky Mountain Relic Room
- Sarah K. Costello at the University of Houston Clear Lake
- Object Biographies: Collaborative Approaches to Ancient Mediterranean Art (Menil Collection, 2021)
- Seals and Sealings in the Ancient World (Cambridge University Press, 2018)
- Routledge Companion to Ecstatic Experience in the Ancient World
- Episode Art: “Göbeklitepe Şanlıurfa” by Beytullah else (CC 4.0/Wikimedia Commons)