Join us on Wednesday, March 28, 8 p.m. at Ipso Facto's Fullerton CA boutique for a free lecture with Dr. James Rietveld from Cal State Fullerton on The World’s First Temple, Gobekli Tepe, in Ancient Anatolia.
The temple complex discovered in south eastern Turkey was impeccably preserved for 12,000 years from the Pre-Pottery Neolithic A Period (c. 9600–7300 BC.) It contains the remains of multiple temples, with mystical rock statues carved with animals and abstract symbols, some combination scenes, plus stylized human beings, or perhaps the earliest images of the gods or demiurges, with no eyes, mouths, or faces.
Predating Stonehenge by 6,000 years, the stunning stone temple, which would have required many people to move the heavy columns and stones, upends the conventional view of the rise of civilization itself. With no stone tools, settlement or society to speak of, and farming still a far cry away, in a world of only roaming hunter-gatherers, the complexity and developed blueprints of these temples represent another enigma for archeologists.
Do we have to change our vision of how and when civilized human history began? The plot thickens...