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Tigger:
Decided to resurrect an old thread idea.

Anyone heard of Gobekli Tepe? Fascinating archaeological find in Turkey (1995) that is turning heads. Carbon dated to around 10,000 bce, the semi unearthed megalithic structures suggest a whole different perspective of what our ancestors were and what they were doing.

The site was intentionally buried around 8,000 bce, no one is sure why.

The structures are circles, Stonehenge-esque, made of sharp edged 10-15 ton monoliths, with bas-relief carvings ( images below ).

The really interesting part to me is that this kind of organized building indicates more than a 'hunter gatherer' society well before most 'established' or 'accepted' time lines.







To Schmidt and others, these new findings suggest a novel theory of civilization. Scholars have long believed that only after people learned to farm and live in settled communities did they have the time, organization and resources to construct temples and support complicated social structures. But Schmidt argues it was the other way around: the extensive, coordinated effort to build the monoliths literally laid the groundwork for the development of complex societies.

Next up: Derinkuyu Underground City

WhatIfGodWasALeaf:
I'm familiar with this and a few other cases like it.

The ancient aliens theory is pretty popular, the whole think is fascinating to me.

I think perhaps as you say we had a much more advanced society than the hunter gatherer story we've long been led to believe.  If that's the case, perhaps they where subject to an extinction event caused by nature or their own dabbling in technology.

Tigger:
Robert Schoch is hypothesizing that the last ice age ended dramatically, in maybe a period of less than 3 years, due to a coronal mass ejection, something that would literally dwarf the Carrington event back in 1859.

Schoch is the PHD geologist ( Yale graduate ) that challenged the accepted age of the Sphinx in the early 90's before Gobekli Tepe was discovered. He suggested water erosion indicated that it was much older and at the time was ridiculed by many who argued 'there's no evidence of a civilization that could have done this'.

Carbon dating at Gobekli ( something unavailable with the Sphinx ) has so far proven otherwise.

WhatIfGodWasALeaf:
Graham Hancock also has some pretty interesting stuff on ancient civilizations, you should check out his work, Fingerprints of the Gods especially.

Tigger:

--- Quote from: WhatIfGodWasALeaf on March 31, 2012, 03:31:23 PM ---Graham Hancock also has some pretty interesting stuff on ancient civilizations, you should check out his work, Fingerprints of the Gods especially.

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I get his science report once a week! :)

Mostly because I'm lazy and it's usually full of very interesting new stuff/links, and, it's pretty much not about him at all. ( as in, he's not promoting anything but science ).

The last roundup had an interesting article about how the Madagascar colony was started by a small group of Indonesian women 1200 years ago, and a scary one about the Titanoboa ( I think the two hour special is tomorrow on the Smithsonian channel ) supposedly bigger in real life than the absurdly huge Anaconda at the end of that movie. ( though airing a show like that on April 1st gives me pause ;) )

Hancock has an astounding body of work, his work on precession with sites from around the world is pretty interesting stuff.

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