“Gobekli Tepe, is thought to be the world’s oldest temple site, which dates from around 9,000BC, predating Stonehenge by millennia.”

Stephen Liddell

Many of us are familiar with the use of ancient civilisations making monuments that in some way link up to either our calendar, the sun, moon or stars.  From the stone circles in the British Isles the Mayan temples in Central America, ancient civilisations often focussed much of their wealth, manpower and engineering to either worship or make calculations that were vital in providing a real or imagined sense of control over their existence.

New research recently published in Mediterranean Archaeology and Archaeometry by experts at Edinburgh University have made something of a breakthrough of two stone pillars at Gobekli Tepe in southern Turkey.   Rather than trying to help predict the seasons or the motions of heavenly bodies however, it has been discovered that instead the stone carvings remember a cosmic disaster which occurred in our planet 13,000 years ago.

The markings suggest that a swarm of comet fragments hit Earth…

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6 thoughts on “The Vulture Stone at Gobekli Tepe – A monument to a cosmic disaster.

    • Yes, the Gobekli Tepe site discovery – by itself – was quite a shock to archaeology since its age is far older than was previously thought for when civilization began.


  1. I’m not an expert, but I seem to recall reading that it was at least a millenia later than this that it was thought people started growing grain in the Middle East indicating the first transition from a nomadic existence to year round settlements. Very interesting. Archaeologists must be excited at this discovery. It will probably spark an increase in papers in the field.

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