I confess, I haden't. Or at least don't recall hearing about it.
It is an archeological site 12000 years old. And if we are to believe the young pyramids theory then this site is 8000 years older than the pyramids.
First 5 minutes of your time for this video:
Now, having seen that you want to know more. am I right?
"Göbekli Tepe (Turkish for "Potbelly hill") is a hilltop sanctuary erected on the highest point of an elongated mountain ridge some 15 km northeast of the town of Şanlıurfa (formerly Urfa / Edessa) in southeastern Turkey. The site, currently undergoing excavation by German and Turkish archaeologists, was erected by hunter-gatherers in the 10th millennium BC (c. 11,500 years ago), before the advent of sedentism. Together with Nevalı Çori, it has revolutionized understanding of the Eurasian Neolithic."
"Göbekli Tepe is the oldest human-made place of worship yet discovered. Until excavations began, a complex on this scale was not thought possible for a community so ancient. The massive sequence of stratification layers suggests several millennia of activity, perhaps reaching back to the Mesolithic. The oldest occupation layer contains monolithic pillars linked by coarsely built walls to form circular or oval structures. So far, four such buildings, with diameters between 10 and 30m have been uncovered. Geophysical surveys indicate the existence of 16 additional structures."
This should not be a suprise really. Humanity has to see a small fault in itself in being selfish - most humans like to think themselve very special, and even if they don't they console themselves with a thought "atleast I am smarter and more talented than my ancestors" - this is where you sigh. Human being have never been dumb, people. To prove this, why don't you survive without electricity, why don't you survive without supermarkets, why don't you build a stone collum. Now that was said bluntly, but to prove a point. Our ancestors were not dumb, they were not uncivilised. People 12 000 years ago weren't that different from you and me. To think you and me 12000 years ago were grunting farmers as a grude understatement. To put a spiritual sieve to history gives us a rare insight on the mindset and personality of people 12 000 years ago.
"Stratum II, dated to Pre-Pottery Neolithic B (7500–6000 BC), has revealed several adjacent rectangular rooms with floors of polished lime, reminiscent of Roman terrazzo floors. The most recent layer consists of sediment deposited as the result of agricultural activity.During the time the temple was build humanity was in Magical State of Consciouness.
The monoliths are decorated with carved reliefs of animals and of abstract pictograms. The pictograms may represent commonly understood sacred symbols, as known from Neolithic cave paintings elsewhere. The carefully carved figurative reliefs depict lions, bulls, boars, foxes, gazelles, asses, snakes and other reptiles, insects, arachnids, and birds, particularly vultures and water fowl. At the time the shrine was constructed the surrounding country was much lusher and capable of sustaining this variety of wildlife, before millennia of settlement and cultivation resulted in the near–Dust Bowl conditions prevailing today."
Ken Wilber when he wrote Up From Eden, believed modern hunting and gathering peoples were contemporary examples of the "magical" world view but apparently they are not "under the spell" of the magical consciousness. They are as rationally competent as moderns... Today Wilber grants that modern hunting and gathering peoples, when tested, score as competently as modern urbanites in terms of their ability to think in "formal operational" terms...
I personally think Ken Wilber has done his share of study on this and is equipt with much insight on the matter and his view really resonates with my own understand of humanity.
"Vultures also feature in the iconography of the Neolithic sites of Çatalhöyük and Jericho; it is believed that in the early Neolithic culture of Anatolia and the Near East the deceased were deliberately exposed in order to be excarnated by vultures and other birds of prey. (The head of the deceased was sometimes removed and preserved - possibly a sign of ancestor worship.) This, then, would represent an early form of sky burial, as practiced today by Tibetan Buddhists and Zoroastrians in India.
Few humanoid forms have surfaced at Göbekli Tepe but include a relief of a naked woman, posed frontally in a crouched position, that Schmidt likens to the Venus accueillante figures found in Neolithic north Africa; and of at least one decapitated corpse surrounded by vultures. Some of the pillars, namely the T-shaped ones, have carved arms, which may indicate that they represent stylized humans (or anthropomorphic gods). Another example is decorated with human hands in what could be interpreted as a prayer gesture, with a simple stole or surplice engraved above; this may be intended to represent a temple priest."More on Göbekli Tepe on wikipedia.
Also check out Göbekli Tepe World's First Temple movie
Blog entry on Göbelki Tepe on blogspot.
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