World’s oldest temple being excavated in Turkey

Posted on April 9, 2009

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Gobekli Tepe

It’s not a super new story, but I wanted to bring it to your attention because I think it’s rather interesting. (Heads up from the Anchoress) The world’s oldest temple is currently being excavated in Turkey.Carbon dating places it at over 11,000 years old, and it’s known as Gobekli Tepe. The site is so interesting because it’s so old, predating writing, pottery, settled civilizations – it’s 7,000 years older than both Stonehenge and the Egyptian pyramids. Some have even speculated that Gobekli Tepe, in a location that would have been lush at the time, may be the location Biblically referred to as the Garden of Eden. I’m not too sure about that, but regardless the site is mesmerizing to contemplate.

Archaeology and the illumination of our past has always intrigued me. We know so little about our distant past that historians can really only make educated guesses as to what civilization as such was like. The people who lived back then might have had a much more limited understanding of science, mathematics, law, etc., but in a very fundamental sense, in terms of their fears, their desires, their hopes, their dreams, they were very much like you and me. We ought to always be mindful that our own civilization, as preoccupied as we are in the present, stands upon the shoulders of those people who eked out a living over these long millenia, and it’s fascinating to think that we owe our very existence to these mysterious people from so long ago.

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