Ancient Architecture, Ancient Alcohol, Ancient Religion and the End of Our World

Ancient Architecture, Ancient Alcohol, Ancient Religion and the End of Our World

In 1995 a German archeologist named Klaus Schmidt decided to begin work in Turkey at a place called Potbelly Hill, or Göbekli Tepe. He didn't know at the time that he was about to turn the world of archaeology upside down and re-write the story of our civilization. When it became apparent that he was on to something completely transforming, he declared: “In 10 or 15 years, Göbekli Tepe will be more famous than Stonehenge. And for good reason!” He was right.

Ancient Site of Göbekli Tepe in Southern Turkey (Brian Weed/ Abode Stock)

Ancient Site of Göbekli Tepe in Southern Turkey (Brian Weed/ Abode Stock)

Göbekli Tepe

What he found was a huge temple complex built of immense T-shaped stone pillars arranged in sets of rings. The tallest are 18 feet (5.4 meters) high and weigh 16 tons (14,515 kilograms). Carved into their surfaces are a whole menagerie of bas-relief totemic animals of prey. Littering the nearby hillside are thousands of flint tools from Neolithic times—knives, projectile points, choppers, scrapers, and files.


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