Concrete poured at Gobekli Tepe!
Göbekli Tepe, Turkish for “Potbelly Hill”, is an archeological site in Turkey that dates to the 10th millennium BCE. The complex structure was built in two phases. The first phase consisted of circles of more than 200 massive T-shape stone pillars, considered the world’s largest megaliths. Each pillar has a height of 6 meters (or 20 feet) and weighs up to 20 tons. These are fitted into sockets hemmed out of the bedrock. In the second phase, built later, the pillars are smaller and stood in rectangular rooms with floors of polished lime. The site was discovered by German archeologist Klaus Schmidt in 1996. He believed Göbekli Tepe was a sanctuary where people from a wide region congregated, not a settlement.
The location has long been under agricultural cultivation and generations of local farmers have moved stones and attempted to break up the pillars, mistaking them for normal rocks. Even though surviving structures predate pottery, metallurgy, writing, or the wheel, the construction of Göbekli Tepe implies an advanced organization not associated with Paleolithic societies. Archeologists estimate that up to 500 people were required to extract the heavy pillars from local quarries and move them 100 to 500 meters to the site. When the site lost its importance, evidence shows that the site was deliberately buried under 300 to 500 cubic meters of limestone fragments, stone vessels, stone tools, animal and human bones. The deliberate burial has preserved the site for posterity… until now.
According to Archeology News Network careless work around the world’s oldest temple area reports the site is being irreparably damaged by concrete and heavy equipment. “Parts of a wooden walkway have been removed and a concrete walkway is being built in its stead,” said Çiğdem Köksal Schmidt, the wife of the late Professor Klaus Schmidt who headed the excavations until 2014. Photos and videos showing the construction stirred anger after Schmidt shared them on social media. Upon criticism, the Culture and Tourism Ministry issued a statement denying that concrete or asphalt were used, describing the claims as “baseless and unscientific” and announced that an observation visit to the site would be organized with a delegation of experts and journalists.
Yet questions about Göbekli Tepe’s original function, its builders, as well as the motivating factor behind the construction remain, and several of our authors have completed extensive investigations about the site. In his book Gobekli Tepe: Genesis of the Gods, Andrew Collins proposes the temple was built in reaction to a global cataclysm. He explains who built it and even reveals the location of the Garden of Eden around the same region. Collins’ new book The Cygnus Key (due out in May 2018) traces the origins of Göbekli Tepe and the Giza pyramids to the Denisovans, a previously unknown human population remembered in myth as a race of giants.
In Point of Origin: Gobekli Tepe and the Spiritual Matrix for the World's Cosmologies, author Laird Scranton makes the case that Göbekli Tepe is the definitive place from which all the great civilizations of the past inherited their cosmology, esoteric teachings, and civilizing skills, using the parallel myths and sacred symbols of ancient cultures in Egypt, India, Tibet, and China to prove his hypothesis.
In Forgotten Civilization, author Robert M. Schoch, Ph.D., combines evidence from multiple disciplines to shows how the last ice age ended abruptly in 9700 BCE due to coronal mass ejections from the Sun. Within this framework, the author explores how many megalithic monuments, underground cities, and ancient legends fall logically into place, including the intentional burial, 10,000 years ago, of Göbekli Tepe in Turkey. Schoch’s scientific evidence demonstrates that history could repeat itself with a coronal mass ejection powerful enough to devastate modern society.
You can find these books about Göbekli Tepe and other ancient archaeological sites under the “Ancient Mysteries” category on our website.