A monolith that mysteriously appeared at the ancient site of Göbeklitepe, the world's oldest temple, disappeared just as mysteriously on Feb. 9 in the southeastern province of Urfa.
The 3-meter-tall metal monolith was triangular in shape and metallic in composition, with an inscription written in the ancient Göktürk alphabet that read “Look at the sky if you want to see the Moon.”
Authorities on Feb. 7 banned people from visiting the area.
Gendarmerie officials were dispatched to the site after locals alerted them on the issue. The troops cordoned off the area, an empty lot, and brought in experts from the local culture and tourism authorities.