Where Is Gobekli Tepe?
Located 35 miles north of Turkey‘s border with Syria, Gobekli Tepe consists of 20 T-shaped stone towers, carved with drawings of snakes, scorpions, lions, boars, foxes and other animals.
The amazing thing about them is they date back to 9,500 BC, 5,500 years before the first cities of Mesopotamia and 7,000 years before the circle of Stonehenge.
Scientists say that back then humans had no tools, hadn’t even discovered pottery or domesticated wheat. They lived in villages, had no agriculture and only relied on hunting to survive.
Gobekli Tepe Discovered
Uncovered in 1994 by German archaeologist Klaus Schmidt. Since that time, Klaus and his team have uncovered at least seven large stone circles and they suspect that there are many more left under 22 acres of land yet to be excavated.
What are these stones doing in this hill overlooking what must have once been a lush valley?
Who built them?
Why did they build them and when precisely were they built?
Most of these questions have only half-answers and educated guesses.
How Were These Carved Without Tools?
The largest megaliths of Gobekli Tepe are roughly 16 ft. tall and weigh as much as 10 tons. They are T-shaped and arranged in circles with two larger versions of the outer stones in the center of the circles.
These circles were built, buried, had more built over them and then those too were buried by the ancients who built them.
Some of the Gobekli Tepe standing stones have intricate carvings of birds, snakes, scorpions, big cats and hoofed animals on them. Considering that the tools found on the site indicate that the stones were carved before humans had designed metal tools, this is quite a feat.
Is Gobekli Tepe The Garden of Eden? Built by Aliens?
Or is Gobekli Tepe a remenat of civilizations from before the ice age?
Some believe that the age and location of Gobekli Tepe shows that it was the site of the Biblical Garden of Eden. It is easy to see why some might jump to that conclusion, given the fact that if it is a place of religious worship.
It is the oldest discovery of such a place to date.
Of course, that only leads to more questions. If Gobekli Tepe really is the site of the Garden of Eden, why did the ancients bury it?
Chances are that most of the answers to these questions will forever remain a mystery.
There was no written language at the time Gobekli Tepe was built. There are no structures quite like it in the area to compare it against and the people who built it were not settled enough to have left us more archaeological pieces to the ancient puzzle they have left behind.