Alex van Terheyden
This civilisation could be at least 13,000 years old!
I recently had the pleasure of visiting the capital of Turkey - Ankara. While in Ankara I found myself in the Museum of Anatolian Civilisations. It was here that I witnessed evidence of possibily one of our planets oldest civilsations (at least recorded). Many Scientists believe the Ancient Sumerians to be the oldest in recorded history but the recent findings at Gobekli Tepe could actually prove the cradle of civilisation began in mordern day Turkey rather than Iraq. Findings that of course many Scientists dispute and are now currently arguing about. Until my recent trip to the capital of Turkey I was slightly in the dark about Gobekli Tepe. I had heard about it but I have to admit I hadn't taken the trouble to study in detail about this amazing place.
Göbekli Tepe, Turkish for "Potbelly Hill", is an archaeological site in the Southeastern Anatolia Region of Turkey, approximately 7 miles northeast of the city of Şanlıurfa. The tell has a height of 15 m (49 ft) and is about 300 m (980 ft) in diameter. It is approximately 760 m (2,490 ft) above sea level.
The tell includes two phases of use believed to be of a social or ritual nature dating back to the 11th–8th millennium BCE. During the first phase, belonging to the Pre-Pottery Neolithic A, circles of massive T-shaped stone pillars were erected – the world's oldest known megaliths. More than 200 pillars in about 20 circles are currently known through geophysical surveys. Each pillar has a height of up to 6 m (20 ft) and weighs up to 10 tons. They are fitted into sockets that were hewn out of the bedrock. In the second phase, belonging to the Pre-Pottery Neolithic B (PPNB), the erected pillars are smaller and stood in rectangular rooms with floors of polished lime. The site was abandoned after the PPNB. Younger structures date to classical times.
The details of the structure's function remain a mystery. It was excavated by a German archaeological team under the direction of Klaus Schmidt from 1996 until his death in 2014. Schmidt believed that the site was a sanctuary where people from a wide region periodically congregated, not a settlement. In 2018, the site was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Now I didn't actually visit Göbekli Tepe due to the fact its in a volitile part of Turkey very close to the Syrian border - I didn't want to be in the next ISIS YouTube Video. I'm happy being in my own YouTube videos that I direct and keep my head. Although once the region becomes safer I plan to visit Göbekli Tepe. I'm of the belief the sight appeared either before or after the Meterorite hit Greenland some 12-14,000 years ago. This Meterorite impact was again only recently discovered and potentially Reset human civilisation, wiped out many large mammals and possibly caused the last age.
In my next video which I will release on YouTube very soon I discover a little bit about Göbekli Tepe. I hope you can join me when that's released to discover something about possibly the world's oldest known civilisation. Click Subscribe on my YouTube Channel to be alerted when that video appears.