Did the Göbekli and Karahan Tepe Circular Enclosures Have Roofs?

If you’ve been following the Ancient Architects channel in recent months, you won’t require any introduction to the Pre-Pottery Neolithic sites of Göbekli Tepe and Karahan Tepe, 10-12,000-years-old and located in SE Anatolia, with beautifully decorated circular enclosures at their heart.

These circular enclosures, called special purpose structures by the experts, are what have captivated the imagination of so many, because of the enigmatic T-shaped pillars that make up their skeletons. 


Now that the enclosures are excavated and the site a tourist attraction, many artist impressions portray the circular enclosures without a roof, and this has allowed many archaeoastronomical theories to come to light.


Were the enigmatic pillars freestanding or is it far more likely the circular enclosures of Göbekli Tepe and Karahan Tepe were all covered by roofs? Watch this video to find out.


All images are taken from Google Images and the below sources for educational purposes only.

Thanks to David Evans for sending me the footage of Göbekli Tepe and to Dakota Wint for the drone footage of Karahan Tepe.

Matt Sibson
Ancient Architects