Ancient temple suggests alternative civilization theory

An 11, 000 year old temple discovered in Turkey suggests an alternative theory of the development of cities and civilizations:

The megaliths predate Stonehenge by some 6,000 years. The place is called Gobekli Tepe, and Schmidt, a German archaeologist who has been working here more than a decade, is convinced it’s the site of the world’s oldest temple.

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.

Also check out the pictures of the monoliths: haunting millennia-old artwork.

[story here, via Slashdot]

2 thoughts on “Ancient temple suggests alternative civilization theory”

  1. This is real sense-of-wonder stuff. How it was accomplished, what they were thinking … Do check out the photos.

  2. After every so called great civilization out of the ruins comes a few that hold on to the great knowledge. They hold this knowledge & try to rebuild civilization for the better, but holding this knowledge brings power & power corrupts. There are those who also can not interfere with are development because they can not tapper with the natural growth of civilization.

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