What if Göbekli Tepe was an Open School? A Thought-Provoking Approach to the Genesis of Cultural Revolution


HISTORY OF EDUCATION, 2024 (SSCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Publication Date: 2024
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/0046760x.2024.2306978
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, IBZ Online, International Bibliography of Social Sciences, Periodicals Index Online, American History and Life, EBSCO Education Source, Education Abstracts, Educational research abstracts (ERA), ERIC (Education Resources Information Center), Gender Studies Database, Historical Abstracts, Linguistics & Language Behavior Abstracts, MLA - Modern Language Association Database, Worldwide Political Science Abstracts
  • Anadolu University Affiliated: Yes


This pioneering study investigates the transformative shift in the nature of education during the Neolithic revolution, utilising Gobekli Tepe's role as an archaic open school that attested to this change. This exploration is underpinned by the premise that "if education is a process of acculturation, its origins must be sought in the cultural revolution of humans." Beyond the conceptual boundaries of the dominant western ontology, the open schooling role of Gobekli Tepe considers indigenous social ontology. In this study, the educational role of Gobekli Tepe has been examined in the symbolism of local culture, its special pilgrimage and storytelling traditions. This study hypothesises that Gobekli Tepe is an archaic open school that was a testament to the cultural revolution of humans.