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The Megalithic Site of Gobekli Tepe: What is It's Significance? (1 of 6)

Updated: Nov 21, 2022

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"Dr. Michael S. Heiser talks with Dr. Judd Burton and Dr. Aaron Judkins about Gobekli Tepe in this part 1 of 6 episodes on the topic. What is Gobekli Tepe, where is it, and what is the significance of it? Get these answers and more in this episode. Discover more videos and topics like this at"

The Göbekli Tepe Ruins and the Origins of Neolithic Religion

"On a hill known as Göbekli Tepe (“Potbelly Hill”) in southeastern Turkey, excavations led by Klaus Schmidt uncovered several large megalithic enclosures that date between 10,000 and 8000 B.C.E., the dawn of civilization and the Neolithic age. Each of these circular enclosures, which many have described as Turkey’s “Stonehenge,” consists of 10 to 12 massive stone pillars surrounding two larger monoliths positioned in the middle of the structure. There are no village remains at or near the Göbekli Tepe ruins, suggesting that the unique site was a ceremonial center exclusively used for the practice of the Neolithic religion of local hunter-gatherer groups.

Given the early age of the site, equally surprising are the varied and often highly elaborate carvings that adorn the pillars of the Göbekli Tepe ruins. Among the pillars are detailed and often very realistic depictions of animal figures, including vultures and scorpions, lions, bulls, boars, foxes, gazelles, asses, snakes and other birds and reptiles. In addition, some of the massive monoliths are carved with stylized anthropomorphic details—including arms, legs and clothing—that give the impression of large super-human beings watching over the enclosures.." from the article: The Göbekli Tepe Ruins and the Origins of Neolithic Religion

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