Skip to comments.Göbekli Tepe Excavator Klaus Schmidt Passes Away
Posted on 07/24/2014 3:44:54 PM PDT by fatez
Pioneering archaeologist Klaus Schmidt, who headed the excavations at Göbekli Tepe in southeastern Turkey, has died at the age of 61.
Schmidt had been working on the excavations at Göbekli Tepe, sometimes called Turkeys Stonehenge, with the German Archaeology Institute since 1995.
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Interesting in that this site is close to the second Eden. There are actually two Eden’s in the Bible, the Garden which is located somewhere in Southern Iraq (or as I believe under the head of the Persian Gulf) and another close to Urfa in Turkey. Man, he didn’t even get to publish what he found...
Wow, 61 is not old by today’s standards. One of the most interesting sites on the planet. RIP.
Göbekli Tepe is fascinating from what I have read...
Wonder what he found...
This is a good reason to google Gobekli Tepe and go to the sites to see wonderful photos of a most interesting ancient construction. http://www.gobeklitepe.info/galery.html
Imagine Stone Henge with better masonry construction and some statues, built on top of a mountain instead of on a flat plain.
No question that this is the work of Ancient Aliens.
Interesting that the aliens had the high technology to come all the way here to build things— but didn’t know how to make a true arch.
Interesting comment. I've seen a reconstruction of what may be one of the earliest arches ever built, at Ephesus. Even my guide didn't understand the function of a keystone.
However, at a Hittite site in Central Turkey, I saw a tunnel through an earthen berm that had surrounded a Hittite city. The people had built the tunnel through the berm, possibly as a sally-port. It was obvious that they'd put up a wooden form, placed rocks on the form, then driven a triangular stone down as a keystone before pulling out the form, then building up the berm.
It's not just the aliens. The Greeks and Egyptians never had true arches, either.
I always thought the structures at Gobekli Tepe had the look of modern highway ramp support pylons. And what is with all those divots on the top of the structures? Entrance ramp of the Gods?
Met a lot of masons in my lifetime. They were all human. Never met an extraterrestrial alien. Hard to imagine why they would bother to work monumental stone. It's also hard to understand why people have the delusion that only "ancient aliens" could work stone. Find me an alien first before spewing such nonsense.
Awfully young. RIP.
Thanks widlbill and BenLurkin. And to all, check the contents of the keyword sometime, LOTS more on FR.
Schmidt "died of a heart attack while swimming in Germany at the age of 61."
Do you suppose the great Indiana Jones would ever concede to taking cholesterol & blood pressure meds?
Think about it. Gobekli Tepe has been there for 10,000 years and the locals ( muslims) either never noticed it, or didn’t give a damn. It took someone from the West to make something out of it. In a world of only muslims, Gobekli Tepe would still be sitting there in the sands, unknown and undiscovered, for the next 10,000 years.
On the other hand, what about the proposition that these feats of engineering and expert stone dressing couldn’t have been done by humans all those thousands of years ago—so the builders must have been aided by Ancient Aliens.
And it was probably built as a temple to worship those Ancient Aliens.
Huh? Huh? What about that?
I’m sorry to hear that he died only 60 years old.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Klaus_Schmidt_(archaeologist) He had much more work to do at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C3%B6bekli_Tepe
It is said that only 5 percent of Göbeklitepe has been excavated so far.
A great loss for the world of archeology
A number of instances tremendously saddened Schmidt in the last four years of his life. The first was in 2010 when they found an 11,000-year-old statue of a human head about 40-50 cm long, with the emblem of a wild animal. They left the total excavation to the next day in order to find the whole statue and understand its surroundings. However, the statue was stolen when they came back the next day. The gendarmerie and the governorship were informed, and a number of workers were detained after an nvestigation. The statue has not been found until today. The excavations were suspended that year, and the Culture Ministry held Schmidt responsible. He had to pay a fine of 150,000 Turkish Liras to the Culture Ministry, and I personally know how deeply saddened he was at this situation.
The loss of Klaus Schmidt at the age of 61 is not only big for the world of archeology, but also for Göbeklitepe. The Culture Ministry will not easily find someone as modest as Schmidt, someone who can write books and articles in several languages as well as succeed with TV documentaries. Lets not forget that there are at least 14 areas still waiting to be excavated and unearthed at the site.
I watched a documentary on Gobekli Tepe. They brought in a British stone mason. He took a piece of stone of the same type as the T-pillars with animal reliefs. Using a harder stone he was able to shape an animal relief in about an hour.
The lesson to be taken away from Goblkli Tepe is that Man was well experienced in stone work 11,000 years ago. This was long before your Zecharia Sitchin aliens arrived. It shows me that man was able to create magnificent works long before the bronze age. I would not be surprised to see works down deep or covered in coast seas that were made even earlier.
The more I hear about ancient aliens the more I believe their adherents are extreme liberals. They do not believe individual genius and creativity can be responsible for magnificent works. They have no faith that men left to their own ways can produce anything. So, I believe you are a liberal lurking here on FR
Yeah, those aliens with their technology to cross light years of distance always did have a thing about masonry. ;’) It means they had a sense of humor — “see how easy it is to get these monkeys to cart all this stone around.” ;’)
That’s a nice galery (sic)!
shows cup and ring marks, here’s a page:
and one of the images, from the Piedmont, Italy:
and another from Finland:
I’ve recently been watching History 2 on cable and they are showing sites from around the world and some of them re underwater that are 20,000 to 30,000 years old.
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