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Each pillar has a height of up to 6 m (20 ft) and a weight of up to 20 tons.They are fitted into sockets that were hewn out of the bedrock. The details of the structure's function remain a mystery.The following year, he began excavating there in collaboration with the Şanlıurfa Museum. Some had apparently been subjected to attempts at smashing, probably by farmers who mistook them for ordinary large rocks.During the first phase, pre-pottery Neolithic A (PPNA), circles of massive T-shaped stone pillars were erected.More than 200 pillars in about 20 circles are currently known through geophysical surveys.
In the second phase, Pre-Pottery Neolithic B (PPNB), the erected pillars are smaller and stood in rectangular rooms with floors of polished lime. It was excavated by a German archaeological team under the direction of Klaus Schmidt from 1996 until his death in 2014; Schmidt believed that they had been early neolithic sanctuaries.
and postulated that the Neolithic layers were topped by Byzantine and Islamic cemeteries. Huge limestone slabs, upper parts of the T-shaped pillars, were thought to be grave markers.