What makes Gobeklitepe unique in its class is the date it was built, which is roughly twelve thousand years ago, circa 10, BC. Excavations began in by Prof. Klaus Schmidt with the help of the German Archeological Institute.
Some locals claim Urfa is the birthplace of Biblical characters Abraham and Job. Schmidt dates the site by comparing stone hammers and blades found there to artifacts found at nearby sites that have been carbon dated to 9, BCE. He's also done some "limited" carbon dating himself that he says confirms his estimate.
|A pictograph is an image that conveys meaning through its resemblance to a physical object. Such images are most commonly found in pictographic writing, such as hieroglyphics or other characters used by ancient Sumerian and Chinese civilizations.|
|Archaeologists find 12,year-old pictograph at Gobeklitepe | Ancient Origins||According to archaeological consensus, hunter-gatherer societies did not have the time and resources to build monumental structures.|
|Göbekli Tepe - Wikipedia||Layer III — The Hd samples are from charcoal in the fill of the lowest levels of the site and would date the end of the active phase of occupation of Level III - the actual structures will be older.|
In fact, the standing stones were periodically buried, with new stones built on top of or alongside the old ones. Nobody knows who or why they put the stone circles together and nobody knows who or why they were buried more than a millennium later.
Some claim that aliens quarried, moved, and carved these stones. What methods were used to quarry, move, and carve the stones? Several writers refer to the monolithic columns as "pillars," as if they knew they were meant to support something.
One author even refers to the T-shaped stones as "human forms. Maybe they brought spiders and scorpions with them from another world.
That would explain why the intelligent beings who carved these stones depicted such creatures. The site has yielded no traces of habitation—no trash pits, no water source, no houses, no hearths, no roofs, no domestic plant or animal remains—and is therefore believed to have been built by hunter-gatherers, who used it as a religious sanctuary.
Schmidt speculates that the site had religious significance, but I fail to see how it follows from all those negatives listed by Batuman that it was used as a religious sanctuary, though both he and Schmidt refer to the monolithic columns as a "temple.
It helps the cause that Charles C. Good for them, but that might tell us more about these modern speculators than about the ancient people who put these monuments here.
What Schmidt has found is a collection of standing stones arranged in circles.
He is simply guessing when he calls it a "place of worship. There are allegedly as many as sixteen more circles buried nearby, which raises the question: Why would any group erect 20 temples right next to each other? The rings have two large T-shaped stones in the center encircled by slightly smaller stones facing inward.
The tallest columns are 16 feet high and, according to Schmidt, weigh between seven and ten tons. Some columns are blank; others have carvings of foxes, lions, spiders, scorpions, snakes, and vultures.
Unlike the animal paintings in caves done by earlier Neolithic peoplesthese animals are not the kind you hunt. There is abundant evidence that animals were butchered and cooked on site. Joris Peters, an archaeozoologist from the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, specializes in the analysis of animal remains.
None have come from domesticated animals. Most of the bones have been gazelle bones, but he's also identified boar, sheep, red deer, vultures, cranes, ducks, and geese.
Schmidt is convinced it was a holy place. It certainly was a special place. A lot of time, energy, planning, and skill went into its construction, but I think it's a little early to be calling it a temple or collection of temples, an observatory, a restaurant, a butcher shop, the Garden of Eden, a hunting lodge, an homage in stone to Noah's ark, or an alien outpost.
There is no end to Schmidt's speculations.
He thinks these ancient Stone Age folks might have had beer and drugs. Now they are farmers and they find new expressions of their religious beliefs. If you can't find the episode, go here and watch about 8 minutes of wild speculation from fringe characters like Linda Mouton Howe and Graham Hancock.
Better yet, read Edwin's review of this "legitimately fascinating archaeological work [that] is being overshadowed by the sensationalist assertions of a motley crew of cult historians.Subsequently it became apparent that Gobeklitepe consists of not only one, but many of such stone age temples.
Furthermore, both excavations and geo magnetic results revealed that there are at least 20 installations, which in archeological terms can be called a temple.
Welcome to the presentation of the The World’s First Temple, Gobeklitepe a pre-historic site, about 15 km away from the city of Sanliurfa, Southeastern Turkiye. What makes Gobeklitepe unique in its class is the date it was built, which is roughly twelve thousand years ago, circa 10, BC. Göbekli Tepe just doesn’t make sense.
The neolithic archaeological ruins were first uncovered in the '60s, but their significance wasn’t truly realized until The site is located in southeastern Turkey - although it predates the establishment of the country by a. Göbekli Tepe is a site that practically begs for archaeological study.
The structures that make up the site are amazingly well-preserved, allowing archaeologists .
Gobekli Tepe may not look like much from the outside, but archeologists believe the temple in Turkay is older than Stonehenge by years. Gobekli Tepe: Genesis of the Gods was a curious read. This would properly be classified as Fringe Archaeology or Controversial Knowledge.
What the author, Andrew Collins, is investigating is the Gobekli Tepe archaeological site in South East Turkey, not far from the border of Syria.4/5().