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The Tourism Potential of ayn Tepesi and Hilar Rocks from the Perspective of Archaeo-tourism and Geo-tourism [GPT-Studios]
GPT-Studios. 2021; 1(1): 42-53 | DOI: 10.5505/gpts.2021.87597

The Tourism Potential of ayn Tepesi and Hilar Rocks from the Perspective of Archaeo-tourism and Geo-tourism

Sava Saraltun
Independent researcher, anakkale, Turkey

ayn Tepesi, one of the outstanding Neolithic settlements of Anatolia, and Hilar Rocks with their well-preserved karst shapes are located approximately 6 km southwest of Ergani district in Diyarbakr province. ayn Tepesi is one of the rare settlements identified in Anatolia, Levant, Mesopotamia and Zagros regions with an uninterrupted stratigraphy from the beginning of the Pottery Neolithic Period to the first half of the Pottery Neolithic Period. ayn Tepesi and the rock tombs on the Hilar Rocks next to it are substantial tourism destinations with a cultural heritage identity. However, the Hilar rocks are also important in terms of their geological heritage value, both with their natural site identity and their karstic shapes. This study evaluates the karstic shapes of the Hilar Rocks in terms of geo-tourism and offers suggestions to improve the tourism potential. It also aims to evaluate and present the archaeo-tourism and geo-tourism potential in the context of the natural relationship between the ayn Tepesi Neolithic settlement and the Hilar Rocks, thus emphasizing the importance of the cultural and geological heritage of the region.

Keywords: Archaeo-tourism, Geo-tourism, ayn Tepesi, Hilar Rocks, Diyarbakr

Sava Saraltun. The Tourism Potential of ayn Tepesi and Hilar Rocks from the Perspective of Archaeo-tourism and Geo-tourism. GPT-Studios. 2021; 1(1): 42-53

Corresponding Author: Sava Saraltun, Trkiye
Manuscript Language: English
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