According to scientists, intricate stone carvings found at Göbekli Tepe—the oldest temple on Earth—are evidence that a come impacted Earth around 11,000BC, a cataclysmic event that wiped out wooly mammoths, giving rise to civilizations. Curiously, Graham Hancock presented this idea in his book Magicians of the Gods before experts even decided to see if there was a connection between the symbols and constellations in the sky.
For decades scientists have speculated that the impact of a comet could have caused the sudden drop in temperature during the period known as the younger Dryas—a crucial period in mankind’s history believed to coincide with the beginnings of agriculture and the first Neolithic civilizations.
In the past, analysis of meteor craters in North America where the comet is believed to have struck seemed to discredit that theory, but new evidence points otherwise.
In an investigation by experts at the University of Edinburgh, which analyzed mysterious symbols carved from stone pillars in Göbekli Tepe in southern Turkey, scientists discovered the depiction of a devastating impact that marked history, changing our world like never before.
Scientists analyzed the intricate stone carvings at Göbekli Tepe and asked whether the symbols carved onto the massive stone pillars are related to constellations.
Experts studied animal carvings made on one particular pillar known as the vulture stone and found that the animals are in fact astronomical symbols. With the help of sophisticated computer software, scientists matched the symbols to patterns in the sky, finding that they related to an event that occurred around 10,950 BC.
As scientists explain, the symbols carved on the stone pillars relate to a cosmic event which is believed to have been the break-up of a massive comet from the inner solar system, precisely during the period known as the Younger Dryas. This period is considered as a crucial stage for humanity since it coincides with the appearance of agriculture and the first Neolithic civilizations reports The Telegraph.
Interestingly, way before scientists even decided to take a look whether the animals carved at the stone pillars of Göbekli Tepe were related in any way to constellations in the sky, Graham Hancock presented this idea in his book Magicians of the Gods.
As noted by Graham Hancock in his best seller books, near the end of the last Ice Age 12,800 years ago, a giant comet that had entered the solar system from deep space thousands of years earlier, broke into multiple fragments. Some of these struck the Earth causing a global cataclysm on a scale unseen since the extinction of the dinosaurs. At least eight of the fragments hit the North American ice cap, while further fragments hit the northern European ice cap.
The impacts, from comet fragments a mile wide approaching at more than 60,000 miles an hour, generated huge amounts of heat which instantly liquidized millions of square kilometers of ice, destabilizing the Earth’s crust and causing the global Deluge that is remembered in myths all around the world.
A second series of impacts, equally devastating, causing further cataclysmic flooding, occurred 11,600 years ago, the exact date that Plato gives for the destruction and submergence of Atlantis. (Source)
Dr. Martin Sweatman, of the University of Edinburgh’s School of Engineering, who led the research, said:
“I think this research, along with the recent finding of a widespread platinum anomaly across the North American continent, virtually seal the case in favor of (a Younger Dryas comet impact).Our work serves to reinforce that physical evidence. What is happening here is the process of paradigm change. It appears Göbekli Tepe was, among other things, an observatory for monitoring the night sky. One of its pillars seems to have served as a memorial to this devastating event – probably the worst day in history since the end of the ice age.”
Gobekli Tepe was first examined—and consequently dismissed—by University of Chicago and Istanbul University anthropologists in the 1960s. Experts assumed that the mound was nothing more than an abandoned medieval cemetery.
Measurements place the oldest stratum at Göbekli Tepe to around 9600 BC. It is, therefore, 6,500 years older than Stonehenge and 7000 years older than the oldest of the Pyramids. Simply put, it is the oldest megalithic monument that humanity has known, and its discovery has drastically changed the perception of Homo sapiens, evolution and Neolithic architecture. Whoever built it, made sure the complex would survive along thousands of years, by backfilling the various sites and burying them deep under.
Located some six miles from Urfa, an ancient city in modern day Turkey, Gebekli Tepe is one of the greatest most important ancient sites ever discovered on the planet.
The first excavation on the site was performed by Prof. Klaus Schmidt with the help of the German Archeological Institute in 1995.
The new discovery shows how important Göbekli Tepe really is.
Now, experts believe that the curious images and symbols carved onto the pillars of Göbekli Tepe were intended as a historic record, describing a cataclysmic event, and another carving nearby of a headless man indicate a disastrous even and extensive loss of life.
Furthermore, say that the symbolism present on the massive stone pillars of Göbekli Tepe indicate that the long-term changes in Earth’s rotational axis was recorded at this time using an early form of writing, and that Gobekli Tepe was an observatory for meteors and comets, reports the Telegraph.