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Harald Hauptmann is Professor Emeritus of Prehistoric and Near Eastern Archaeology at the University of Heidelberg and former director of the German Archaeological Institute at Istanbul. Between 1968 and 2003, he has conducted several excavations in eastern and south-eastern Turkey covering the periods from Early Neolithic to the Middle Ages. Since 1989, he is the head of the research project “Rock Carvings and Inscriptions along the Karakoram Highway” at the Heidelberg Academy of Humanities and Science, and leads the annual field research of a Pak-German archaeological mission to the Northern Areas of Pakistan. He is the editor of several monographs on the archaeology of the Balkans, Greece and the Turkish Euphrates region.
This brilliant feline carving, dating from the ninth millennium BC, is one of the earliest pieces of religious art ever discovered. And it suggests that civilisation itself was born in the foothills of the Taurus Mountains
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