Pillar in Gobekli Tepe (Deriv.) ( sebnemsanders) with a starry night sky. ( CC0) What can be discerned about the site from Gobekli Tepe archaeoastronomy?

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Archaeologists agree, Gōbekli Tepe changes everything. This hilltop sanctuary in southern Turkey, probably the world’s first megalithic temple, is like a time capsule dating back to nearly 13, 000 years to the most extraordinary time in human history; the Younger Dryas impact event. Pillar 43, also called the ‘Vulture Stone’, at Gōbekli Tepe is especially important, as it reveals a forgotten astronomical code that opens a window into the minds of ancient people, going back perhaps over 40,000 years. A code that allows one to read about catastrophic events, like the Younger Dryas impact, that perhaps formed the corner stone of nearly all the world’s religions. It could hardly be a more important discovery.

Gōbekli Tepe, southern Turkey (Haluk / Adobe Stock)

Pillar 43 Prehistoric “Rosetta Stone”

Pillar 43 is like a prehistoric Rosetta Stone. It shows that the people who constructed Gōbekli Tepe were, among other things, astronomers who understood how the position of the stars changed very slowly over many millennia, a process now called ‘precession of the equinoxes’. Conventionally, Hipparchus of Ancient Greece is credited with this discovery in the second century BC. Furthermore, the people of Gōbekli Tepe used their astronomical knowledge to encode a date, very likely the date of the Younger Dryas impact, on the pillar. Essentially, Pillar 43 can be interpreted as a memorial to this catastrophic event, which potentially sparked the origin of civilization itself.

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