Göbekli Tepe is a Neolithic sanctuary located 2500 feet above sea level at the top of a mountain ridge in the Southeastern Anatolia Region of Turkey, some 15 kilometers (9 mi) northeast of the town of Şanlıurfa.
It was an old Kurdish shepherd named Savak Yildiz who discovered Göbekli Tepe in October 1994 when, spotting something, he brushed away the dust to expose a large oblong-shaped stone.
Later that year, archaeologist Klaus Schmidt of the Deutsches Archäologisches Institut inspected the site and realized that it was actually Neolithic in origin.
Test results support the idea that Gobekli Tepe is nearly 12,000 years old and that’s almost 7,000 years older than Mesopotamia’s fertile Crescent, long heralded as the cradle of civilization.
We know that Göbekli Tepe is 12,000 years old, this is several thousand years earlier in age than The Stonehenge and The Great Pyramid. According to biblical tradition, the world began in 4000 b.C. yet, that is 8,000 years later than the foundation of Göbekli Tepe.
At Göbekli Tepe we have something that contradicts our normal understanding of the evolution of civilization and mankind as we know it.
After 13 years of digging, archaeologists investigating the ancient site have failed to recover a single stone-cutting tool. They found any agricultural implements. So how can you create these 19-foot-tall, perfectly-sculpted columns that are 11,000 to 12,000 years old, and not find any evidence what so ever of tools user to accomplish this?
At Göbekli Tepe we can find depictions of creatures like armadillos, wild boars and geese animals not indigenous to the region. What is interesting is that located less than 350 Miles from Göbekli Tepe is the site many biblical scholars believe to be the resting place of Noah’s ark, so the animal carvings of Gobekli Tepe suggest a time in the region’s history when the indigenous animal population may have been of a totally different anthropological origin. We have to ask the question, could Göbekli Tepe and Noah’s ark be connected in a way?
Some researchers theorize that the events of a cataclysmic flood and a story similar to that told of Noah’s ark was recorded on the stone pillars of Gobekli Tepe If true, that would push the date of the great flood back to the end of the last ice age, far earlier than the biblical period. There are some incredible things about this mystical place but we still do not know the answers to some of the most important questions like, who built Göbekli Tepe? to what purpose? and how was Göbekli Tepe preserved until today? Researchers point that Göbekli Tepe was “carefully” placed underneath the sand, the whole site was actually buried. Why would the builders bury such an incredible site? To protect it? to preserve it?
Why would ancient man build these massive structures around the world? many of them are similar if not identical in design. Is there a connection? a pattern around the globe?
Does it make sense that ancient man that built Göbekli Tepe, which were people who were basically one step removed from cavemen and next thing were quarrying these giant stones? some of them weighing from 100 to 300 tones? How would they have achieved this? Did History and Archaeology get the time frame all wrong? Is it possible that mankind thousands of years ago possessed technology and knowledge that helped them achieve the construction of sacred sites such as Göbekli Tepe?
Göbekli Tepe is regarded as an archaeological discovery of the greatest importance since it could profoundly change our understanding of a crucial stage in the development of human societies. “Göbekli Tepe changes everything,” says Ian Hodder of Stanford University. David Lewis-Williams, professor of archaeology at Witwatersrand University in Johannesburg, says that “Göbekli Tepe is the most important archaeological site in the world.”
At present, Göbekli Tepe raises more questions for archaeology and prehistory than it answers. We do not know how a force large enough to construct, augment, and maintain such a substantial complex was mobilized and rewarded or fed in the conditions of pre-sedentary society. We cannot “read” the pictograms, and do not know for certain what meaning the animal reliefs had for visitors to the site; the variety of fauna depicted, from lions and boars to birds and insects, makes any single explanation problematic.
Is there something more to Göbekli Tepe? Could these ruins have a extraterrestrial connection? Was Göbekli Tepe built so that the “Sky Gods” could admire it from the sky? Or was Göbekli Tepe built to commemorate an important event in ancient man’s history?
By Ivan Petricevic ancient-code.com
wikipedia.org / E.B. Banning, “So Fair a House: Göbekli Tepe and the Identification of Temples in the Pre-Pottery Neolithic of the Near East”, Current Anthropology, 52.5 (October 2011)
Image Credit to Vincent J. Musi and National Geographic