Aerial View of Göbekli Tepe. Image Credit: Göbekli Tepe Project / UNESCO.

The Archeological Find That Broke History

How did ordinary hunter-gatherers, some 12,500 years ago, build one of the most massive, and complex ancient sites in human history?


History as we know it is shrouded in mystery. When I say history, I am making reference to ancient history. By that, I mean before the rise of civilization. I find this period in time compelling for numerous reasons. The greatest reason is perhaps our lack of knowledge about it. And there is one particular site on Earth that is the most compelling of all. It predates the pyramids, Stonehenge, and the first cities on Earth, and it predates writing. The site dates back to around 12,000 years ago. Its modern name is Göbekli Tepe. This site, located in present-day Turkey, changed history as we know it. Little is known about it, and despite the fact we have been studying Göbekli Tepe for decades, we’ve only scratched its surface when it comes down to understanding it.

Literally, we have only uncovered 5 percent of a massive ancient site that is believed to have been buried on purpose.


A complex site

Göbekli Tepe is home to stunning, massive pillars which have been intricately decorated. These pillars make up the foundations of this megalithic complex. Its original excavator, archeologist Klaus Schmidt, described Göbekli Tepe as the first temple on Earth. However, recent studies and excavations suggest the site was a far more complex monument than an ordinary temple. As I have explained in previous articles, the site was built with advanced forms of Geometry. Remember, this was done 12,500 years ago when history tells us there were no advanced civilizations on Earth. In fact, most experts believe that hunter-gatherers were the site’s original builders. However, I disagree. How could ordinary hunter-gatherers have quarried and planned to transport rocks weighing 50 tons? Because not far from Göbekli Tepe are such stones. Göbekli Tepe truly changed everything we knew about history.

And this fascinating ancient site gets better by the day. Check out this extraordinary video, which delves into this ancient site’s many mysteries.


Written by Ivan Petricevic

I've been writing passionately about ancient civilizations, history, alien life, and various other subjects for more than eight years. You may have seen me appear on Discovery Channel's What On Earth series, History Channel's Ancient Aliens, and Gaia's Ancient Civilizations among others.

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