Meeting Dr. Schmidt
When archaeologist Klaus Schmidt from the German Archaeological Institute in Istanbul was called out to investigate some strange stones found by a wandering shepherd in Eastern Turkey in 1994, he quickly realised that he was dealing with something of immense importance. He also realised that if he did not turn and walk away at that very moment, he would spend the rest of his life amongst the incredible stones of Göbekli Tepe. Archaeologists are still excavating Göbekli Tepe, and it has been decided to take things very slowly for fear of damaging the site in rushing to find the ancient truth of this special place, as many archaeologists have done at other important sites.
In the early days of the excavation, before Schmidt sadly passed in 2014, tour groups visiting the site would often see him leading a group of locals and students in the dig. He was kind enough to speak to a Travel The Unknown tour in 2012 about how he got involved in Neolithic sites like this one.Read more about Travel The Unknown's trip here