Tuesday, November 16, 2021

National Geographic's Top 100 Wonders of the World - Göbekli Tepe

Göbekli Tepe was discovered when I was 34 (1995). So I am not sure how much, of any of this, is well known by people our age. No offense.

Gobekli Tepe upended our understanding of ancient people. 6,000 years before Stonehenge and 5,500 years before the Pyramids of the Nile, Gobekli Tepe was built. It was found buried in the sands of Anatolia - now central Turkey.

They are not sure what Gobekli Tepe was. Most think now it was a temple complex that people from all around might come to in order to worship or pray or here their priests and shaymen.

They are constantly finding more of it, and in fact there is, perhaps, a settlement / city found nearby. Which would make sense because there are no bodies, food or anything else in Gobekli Tepe that indicate people actually lived there. Fairly nearby they have just found remains that might be a city from the same time. Here they have found buildings as well as bones, food and ancient trash (broken bones, broken pottery and other things.

So the mystery continues. We all thought for millennia that we were the first to conquer nature. The pyramids were the oldest thing in the world and that was that. We know that is wrong now. There is a big world out there. Before an ice age, before earthquakes might have buried them and climate changed made them abandoned. Who knows what we will find next.

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