The latest archeologic excavations in southeastern Turkey discovered an ancient site older than Göbeklitepe, known as the oldest temple in the world, according to a Turkish university rector. Ibrahim Özcoşar, the rector of Mardin Artuklu University, told Anadolu Agency that the discoveries at Boncuklu Tarla (Beaded Field) in Mardin province resemble to those unearthed in Göbeklitepe, an archeological site located in Turkey's southeastern Şanlıurfa province, and even 1,000 years older. The excavation work began in 2012 at the Boncuklu Tarla in Dargeçit district that goes back to the Neolithic period. The area is known to have been home throughout history to Sumerians, Akkadians, Babylonians, Hittites, Assyrians, Romans, Seljuks, and Ottomans, among others. 'It is possible to consider this as a finding that prove the first settlers [in the area] were believers,' Özcoşar said. 'This area is important in terms of being one of the first settled areas of humanity and shows that the first people settling here were believers,' he added, pointing to the similar discoveries in Göbeklitepe and Boncuklu Tarla. Ergül Kodaş, an archaeologist at Artuklu University and advisor to the excavation area, told Anadolu Agency that the history of the Boncuklu Tarla is estimated to be around 12,000-years old.