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Göbekli Tepe: Discovering the World’s Oldest Religious Site

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Archaeologists and preservationists are discovering and conserving deep human history at a site that is reshaping our understanding of the first whispers of early civilization. This article originally appeared on Popular Archaeology. “This is the first human-built holy place,” Klaus Schmidt, the late director of excavation at Göbekli Tepe, once said of the ancient Anatolian…

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The Future of UNESCO and World Heritage Sites

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The 40th Committee Meeting of the World Heritage Center of UNESCO was recently held in Istanbul, Turkey. Global Heritage Fund attended the conference because we have a firm belief in the power of individuals and their institutions to create positive change in the world. We met with our partners in academia, nonprofits, intergovernmental...
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Profiles in Heritage: Ali Koç

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At Global Heritage Fund, we believe that the heart of heritage lies with the people who cherish it. Periodically, we will be posting intimate stories highlighting the many local voices that make our global heritage a story truly beyond monuments. Ali Koç is not originally from Ağlasun. But, like many of the workers...
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ISIS and the Destruction of Southern Turkey

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“This place is heaven to me,” Khalil says through teeth as yellow and weather-beaten as the dirt his walls are built from. “It has belonged to my family since my father’s father’s day. Since his father’s day. I cannot leave. It is my culture. I must protect it.” Khalil sips tea in the...
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Sagalassos, Turkey: A Once Forgotten City

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This grant supported the ongoing work of, The Sagalassos Archaeological Research Project of the University of Leuven in Belgium; who has been conducting large-scale archaeological excavations and surveys at the ancient city of Sagalassos and its territory since 1990, under the direction of Jeroen Poblome.

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Göbekli Tepe, Turkey: Project Update

Last month, GHF Director of International Development and Partnerships Stefaan Poortman joined a group of donors to visit the GHF Project at Göbekli Tepe, Turkey. This is what he had to say about recent progress at the site: In September 2013, I traveled to Urfa in Turkey, to visit the site of Göbekli…

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