Is Göbekli Tepe the Smoking Gun?

The ongoing attempt by academic archaeology to reconcile the growing gaps in its prevailing theory of history could be becoming something of a bridge too far. At the moment, dramatic discoveries at an out-of-the-way Turkish dig near Urfa a few miles north of the Syrian border, known as Göbekli Tepe, are readily acknowledged to be a “challenge to conventional history,” but that characterization could well prove to be a major understatement.

Carbon dated at twelve-thousand years old, Göbekli Tepe offers incontrovertible evidence of advanced human ac­tivity at a time when our ancestors are said to have been still at the hunter-gatherer stage—thousands of years earlier than we have been told was possible. Profusely and skillfully decorated with carvings of animals and abstract picto­grams are numerous T-Shaped limestone monoliths, some almost 10 feet tall and weighing as much as 25 tons, still standing about the vast and sophisticated site on Roman-like terrazzo floors.

First discovered in 1964, the significance of Göbekli Tepe was not recognized until 1994 when German archaeolo­gist Klaus Schmidt began to excavate. To this point, we are told, the investigation of the massive site has barely be­gun and that doubtless many amazing discoveries remain. Already, though, it is possible to see strains in the main­stream theoretical fabric, which may help to account for the relatively modest publicity thus far accorded the discoveries. Schmidt still insists that the site, which he believes was the world’s first temple, was built by hunter-gathers though he acknowledges that the construction would have required the systematic effort of at least hundreds of workers over a span of years. Orthodoxy just does not entertain the notion that civilization or even agrarian socie­ties could have existed that far back in time, so, there is no alternative, the construction must have been by hunter-gatherers. If so, though, Göbekli Tepe falls outside any definition of hunter-gatherer currently extant.

In the mid 1990s when maverick Egyptologist John Anthony West and Boston University Geologist Dr. Robert Schoch announced that water weathering proved the Great Sphinx of Egypt was thousands of years older than tradi­tionally believed, they were greeted with howls of outrage from the Egyptological establishment. And despite evidence widely accepted by professional geologists, the establishment archaeologists have continued to deny the possibility of the Sphinx’s greater antiquity. “Where,” they ask, “is the context?” In other words, what civilization was up and run­ning during that time and could have done it? Where are the artifacts? In the years since, West and Schoch have la­bored mightily to show that there is, indeed, plenty of evidence in Egypt itself for such ancient advancement. Other possibly corroborating material has also been turned up at underwater sites around the world. In Göbekli Tepe, though, could be the kind of smoking gun evidence for antediluvian (pre-flood or pre- end of the ice age) civilization that many alternative theorists have believed was there and which the establishment has persistently and emphatical­ly denied.

Schoch has long mentioned the site in his presentations on Sphinx dating. “Göbekli Tepe is from the same period, or even earlier, than what we have at Giza.” he told Atlantis Rising, “Plus, it is incredibly sophisticated. I do not un­derstand why it has not gotten more publicity. Perhaps because it is so anomalous and just does not fit the conven­tional paradigm. It sure seems to support what some of us have been arguing for decades.”

Interestingly, one of the important discoveries at Göbekli Tepe is the carved figure of a half-human/half-lion crea­ture—in other words, a sphinx.

Could this have been the original inspiration for Egypt’s Great Sphinx? Or, perhaps more importantly, what was the earlier source of the figure at Göbekli Tepe? So far, we have no answers, but maybe soon that will change.


Stonehenge in North America? At least two professors are claiming that they have found what could be such a thing. One is pointing to the fields of Alberta in Canada and the other is looking beneath the waters of Lake Michigan.

In Alberta, Gordon Freeman, a retired professor from the University of Alberta, has written a book called Canada’s Stonehenge in which he argues that “Genius existed on the prairies 5,000 years ago.” On a series of low hills over­looking the Bow River about 50 miles east of Calgary, he has investigated a large pattern of boulders for their astro­nomical alignments. His discovery is that the central cairn is surrounded by 28 radiating stone lines, four of which align with the cardinal points of the compass. Freeman has been able to show that, among other things, the site marks the equinoxes and precisely measures the lunar cycle.

Meanwhile at the department of underwater archaeology at Northwestern Michigan University College, professor Mark Holley, using side scan sonar, has discovered a series of standing stones on the floor of Lake Michigan, 40 feet below the surface, with some arranged in a circle. One appears to show carvings of a mastodon. The spot would have been below the surface for about 10,000 years.

Like Nabta Playa in Africa, such discoveries appear to be part of a pattern of increasing recognition of ancient alignments and the emergence of long-lost knowledge from times generally believed to be entirely primitive. Some see it as a sign of a modern reawakening.

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