the oldest temple in the world that has so far been discovered is called gobekli tepe. it can be found in turkey, about 30 miles north of syria. its earliest layers found so far have been dated to 11000 b.c., almost 13,000 years ago, 9000 years older than stonehenge. one of the things that makes this temple complex interesting, beyond its age, is that it was built, not by a complex agricultural society, but by an earlier hunter-gatherer society, and it seems to be a monument. this is unusual because hunting-based early human societies were not known to make lasting non-domestic structures before. they were thought to be mostly nomadic, and in fact, sites like this one are thought to have been the motivation for building cities - as the archeaologist credited with the discovery has said, "first came the temple, than came the city" this site may be where early man first decided to settle down and pursue an agricultural existence. dna tests done on modern wheat compared to various wild wheat from around the world show the closest connections to wild wheat from the area of this temple, hinting at its origins near there. this could be the craddle of human civilization.