“What was so important to these early people that they gathered to build (and bury) the stone rings? The gulf that separates us from Gobekli Tepe's builders is almost unimaginable.”
12,000-year-old circles of limestone columns weighing from 7 to 15 tons or more have been excavated in Gobekli Tepe, Turkey, about 8 miles northeast of Sanliurfa. Older than Egypt, Sumeria and Stonehenge, 40 standing T-shaped columns have so far been revealed in four circles 98 feet (30 meters) in diameter and ground-penetrating radar indicates there are 250 more pillars in circles extending over another 25 acres of the 30-acre ancient site.
Image © 2008 by Haldun Aydingun.
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