The Greatest Discovery Yet!
Gobekli Tepe, pronounced Go- beckli Tepp-ay, is an archeological site that many are saying is the greatest archeological find ever.
The site consists of standing stones with “T” pieces, almost like a miniature Stonehenge. So far 45 “T” megaliths have been found but geomagnetic surveys indicate that there are hundreds left to yet be unearthed.
Each stone is engraved with images, mainly animals and birds.
This site is located on the plains of Eastern Turkey and was first found in 1994 by a solitary Kurdish shepherd who noticed large oblong stones in the ground, which after excavations were found to be the top of the stones making up the cross of the “T” . Little did he know that reporting his find could turn out to be perhaps the greatest ever.
Some people are saying that site could be a temple to, or within Eden. As astounding as this sounds, one must remember that it has already been proven that the first farmyard pigs were domesticated at Cayonu, 60 miles away. Also first domesticated in Eastern Turkey, were Sheep, Goats and Cattle. The predecessor of today’s world wide varieties of wheat was einkorn wheat, which was first cultivated on the hills of Gobekli. Other cereals also started to be cultivated in this region.
Some have said that this site could signify the place where humans first stopped being hunter, gatherers and first started farming and also be the birthplace of religion.
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What is So Great?
The amazing thing about this find is its age.
Carbon dating has shown that this site is 12,000 years old, pre-dating Stonehenge by 7,000 years and the Pyramids of Giza by 7,500 years.
It has always been thought that humans were in their “cavemen” stage in 10,000 BC, how could cavemen have erected these stones and been able to do the carvings, without tools?
This was an age that was pre-pottery, pre-writing and just about pre-everything, so what made these people come together to put these stones in circles 5 to 10 meters across?
Although this find has certainly raised some mysteries, perhaps requiring the historians to re-write history, or at least re-look at it, the greatest mystery may not be why these cavemen erected these stones but rather why, about 2,000 years later, were the stones deliberately buried under the ground?
It certainly seems that the excavations of archeological sites, instead of helping to answer questions about our past, only succeed in presenting more questions that need to be answered.
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