The sculpture of an animal at Gobekli Tepe, cl...

The sculpture of an animal at Gobekli Tepe(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A temple-like structure of megaliths, weighing several tons was discovered in Turkey, predating the oldest pyramid of Gizeh by 8 thousand years!?

From Wikipedia:

Göbekli Tepe is located in southeastern Turkey. It was first noted in a survey conducted by Istanbul
University
and the University of Chicago in 1964, which
recognized that the hill could not entirely be a natural feature and postulated
that a Byzantine
cemetery lay beneath. The survey noted a large number of flints and the presence
of limestone slabs thought to be
Byzantine grave markers. This work was first mentioned in print in Peter
Benedict’s article “Survey Work in Southeastern Anatolia” (1980). In 1994,
archaeologist Klaus Schmidt of the German Archaeological Institute
of Istanbul noted Benedict’s article
and visited the site, recognizing that it was in fact a much older Neolithic
site. Since 1995[7]
excavations have been conducted by the German Archaeological Institute of
Istanbul and the Şanlıurfa Museum, under the direction of
Schmidt (University of Heidelberg 1995–2000,
German Archaeological Institute 2001–present). The hill had been under
agricultural cultivation before being excavated. Generations of local
inhabitants had frequently moved rocks and placed them in clearance piles and
much archaeological evidence may have been destroyed in the process. Scholars
from the Hochschule Karlsruhe began documenting the
architectural remains and soon discovered T-shaped pillars facing south-east. Some of these pillars had
apparently undergone attempts at destruction, probably by farmers who mistook
them for ordinary large rocks.[8

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Related Links:

http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2011/06/gobekli-tepe/mann-text

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=heV7CebZKw8

http://archaeology.about.com/od/huntergatherers/ss/Gobekli-Tepe.htm

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