Skip to comments.Turkish Site A Neolithic 'Supernova'
Posted on 04/21/2008 3:24:52 PM PDT by blam
Turkish site a Neolithic 'supernova'
By Nicholas Birch
April 21, 2008
Archaeologist Klaus Schmidt was among the first to realize the significance of the Gobekli Tepe site, which is 7,000 years older than Stonehenge.
URFA, Turkey - As a child, Klaus Schmidt used to grub around in caves in his native Germany in the hope of finding prehistoric paintings. Thirty years later, as a member of the German Archaeological Institute, he found something infinitely more important: a temple complex almost twice as old as anything comparable.
"This place is a supernova," said Mr. Schmidt, standing under a lone tree on a windswept hilltop 35 miles north of the Syrian border.
"Within a minute of first seeing it, I knew I had two choices: go away and tell nobody, or spend the rest of my life working here."
Behind him are the first folds of the Anatolian Plateau. Ahead, the Mesopotamian plain, like a dust-colored sea, stretches south hundreds of miles to Baghdad and beyond. The stone circles of Gobekli Tepe, his workplace since 1994, are just in front, hidden under the brow of the hill.
Compared with Stonehenge, they are humble affairs. None of the circles that have been excavated, four out of an estimated 20, is more than 100 feet across. Two of the slender, T-shaped pillars tower at least three feet above their peers.
What makes them remarkable are the carved reliefs of boars, foxes, birds, snakes and scorpions that cover them, and their age. Dated at about 9500 B.C., these stones are 5,500 years older than the first cities of Mesopotamia and 7,000 years older than Stonehenge.
Nevermind wheels or writing, the people who erected them did not even have pottery or domesticated wheat. They lived in villages, but were hunters, not farmers.
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Every thing I've ever read about the rise of civilization is thrown on its head.
Have you ever been in a . . . in a Turkish prison?
Once again, another great find and post Blam. Thank you.
Amazing. 10,000 BC for real!
I think this find may well help confirm the original homeland of the Indo-Europeans—from Anatolia it is theorized that the forefathers of modern day Europeans (most, at least), Iranians, Armenians and groups from northern India originated. Maybe an Indo-European linguist could confirm...
Wish I were more knowledgable about the issue you address. I do understand what your point is, but I’m sure sketchy on that field of study. Interesting thought none the less... it seems to make sense. Thank you.
Why would hunters give a rats ass about building a solar/star calculator? It seems that would be a bit more important to people who had some form of real civilization, not people who chase down game to subsist.
If all your time is spent killing animals to live you dont erect monuments.
Seems the timeline for 'pottery and wheat' needs updating from this find, not forcing one's preconceived notions onto the find.
Not so fast.
Unless they were hunter-gatherers, I'm not buying it.
Art, or labor-intensive forms of worship cannot exist where every ounce of waking energy is need for mere survival. If they had the time and energy to create what is described, there is a lot of missing extenuating and necessary information that made it possible.
I wonder if the Genetic Research from the National Geographic Society will correlate well with this finding?
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Thanks Blam. Really an update topic I suppose, but pinging it nonetheless. :')
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A Journey To 9,000 Years Ago (Catalhuyuk)
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Posted on 01/17/2008 4:06:53 PM PST by blam
Gobekli Tepe - Paradise Regained? One of the most important archæological digs in the world, Gobekli Tepe in Turkey has revolutionised our understanding of hunter-gatherer culture. But could it also be the site of the Garden of Eden?
The pool in Sanliurfa linked in local legend to the Prophet Abraham...
hmmm...there's more ideology here than archaeology, methinks.
It’s difficult to tell unless you know the climate of the location 10,000 years ago. Indo-European had words for birch, apple, cherry and beech trees, and salmon, eel, horse and dog, although the original species for the beech and birch isn’t definitely known, and salmon might refer to any of the migrating fishes. They also probably had all the common farm animals, especially the cow, and they grew or gathered some kind of grain, probably wheat or spelt. The only alcohol was mead, and the only named metal was copper. They knew snow, but “rain” is missing for some reason, as is the word for sea, although they had boats. This leads many to believe the Indo-Europeans came from north of the Black Sea or Caspian Sea. Others think that the Turkish/Georgian/Iranian area is their homeland.
They had to have free time to carve the stones. That means either localized hunting, fishing and gathering was very very good, or they had some sort of localized agriculture.
I agree. I’ve been a hunter for 30 years, and I know that even in game-rich spots, it’s an uncertain activity. I can’t imagine that a group of people who lived by hunting could muster enough spare time to build a megalithic complex. There must have been some sort of agriculture involved.
It's not terribly hard to keep track of seasons. There are 4 and I can do it without the aid of a large stone monument.
And ancient farming was also a very labor intensive activity. Imagine tilling by hand with simple tools, planting each and every seed by hand, weeding and harvesting without the aid of domesticated beasts of burden or wheeled carts.
Yes. So for these ancients to have the TIME to build a monument, which would have been vastly more time consuming without the aid of 'domesticated beasts of burden' (another big ASSUMPTION) screams the implication that they were much more advanced than our arm chair 'experts' give them credit for.
Understand that by this time, hunting was a more organized, cooperative and sophisticated activity than just some hairy guy in a loin cloth running down an antelope on foot and clubbing it over the head with a big rock.
Oh yes, I 'understand' there, buckaroo. That's my point. Time is a luxury even now. Choosing to spend it on anything other than food, shelter or defense means the culture has advanced. That implies they had a margin in food supply.
Since meat has such a short shelf life, perhaps these folks had figured out to scratch the soil earlier than our 'experts' give them credit for.
Everytime an archeologist turns a spade, everything we 'know' about the past changes. That's why it's amusing to watch people pontificate with absolute certainty and try to force events to fit their 'knowledge.'