American Support for German Archaeological Institute (DAI)
One the most exciting excavation sites in the world, Göbekli Tepe, an early Neolithic mountain sanctuary near Urfa (southeastern Turkey), was at the center of the Annual Dinner of the American Friends of the DAI on October 18, 2012, in the German House in New York. An international group of collaborators is developing an ambitious site management plan. Jeff Morgan, founding director of Global Heritage Found in San Francisco, was honored as a new Honorary Member of the Cultural Heritage Committee of the DAI for his dedicated commitment to this project. In the presence of Tuba Tola Turgut, representative of the Turkish Consulate General in New York, the Head of the Cultural Department of the German Consulate General, Jakob von Wagner, called the American Friends of the DAI a shining example of German-American friendship and the Göbekli Tepe project an outstanding model for the triangular cooperation between Germany, Turkey, and the United States.
Generous American donors such as the Global Heritage Fund, the J. M. Kaplan Fund, and the Halle Foundation pledged to support the preservation and development of these oldest known man-made stone structures, which date to the immediate end of the last ice age (between 10,000 and 8,000 B. C.). Friederike Fless, President of the German Archaeological Institute, expressed her gratitude to Brian Rose, Head of the American friends of the DAI and former president of the Archaeological Institute of America, and to all the American Sponsors and Friends of the DAI which support the institute’s worldwide mission.
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