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Archaeologists Find 12,000-year-old Pictograph at Gobeklitepe

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Excavations being conducted at the ancient city of Göbeklitepe in Turkey have uncovered an ancient pictograph on an obelisk which researchers say could be the earliest known pictograph ever discovered.

pictograph is an image that conveys meaning through its resemblance to a physical object. Such images are most commonly found in pictographic writing, such as hieroglyphics or other characters used by ancient Sumerian and Chinese civilizations. Some non-literate cultures in parts of Africa, South America and Oceania still use them.

“The scene on the obelisk unearthed in Göbeklitepe could be construed as the first pictograph because it depicts an event thematically” explained Director of the Şanlıurfa Museum, Müslüm Ercan, to the Hurriyet Daily News. Ercan is leading the excavation at Göbeklitepe. “It depicts a human head in the wing of a vulture and a headless human body under the stela. There are various figures like cranes and scorpions around this figure. This is the portrayal of a moment; it could be the first example of pictograph. They are not random figures. We see this type of thing portrayal on the walls in 6,000-5,000 B.C. in Çatalhöyük [in modern-day western Turkey].”

The ‘Vulture-Stone’. Credit: Alistair Coombs

The artifacts discovered in the ancient city have provided information about ancient burial traditions in the area in which bodies were left in the open for raptors such as vultures to consume. According to Mr Ercan, this enabled the soul of the deceased to be carried into the sky. It was called “burial in the sky” and was depicted on the obelisks in Göbeklitepe. Such rituals were conducted in and around the city around 12,000 years ago.
Many of the items discovered on the site have not been seen before anywhere else in the world and thus are the first of their kind to be discovered.

Göbeklitepe is situated on the top of a hill about 15 kilometres away from Sanliurfa in South-eastern Turkey. The city can be dated back to 10,000 BC and consists of a series of circular and oval shaped structures that were first excavated by Professor Klaus Schmidt supported by the German Archaeological Institute. Schmidt travelled to the site having heard about it from accounts of other previous visits by anthropologists from the University of Chicago and Istanbul University in the 1960’s. Both institutions ignored the site, believing it to be nothing more than a medieval graveyard.

Artifacts found on the site indicate that the city was intended for ritual use only and not as a domain for human occupation. Each of the 20 structures consists of a ring of walls surrounding two T-shaped monumental pillars between 3 metres (9 feet) and 6 metres high (19 feet) and weighing between 40 and 60 tons.

Enormous T-shaped pillars at Göbeklitepe. Credit: Alistair Coombs

Archaeologists believe these pillars are stylised representations of human beings because of the human appendages carved into the stone. These images are accompanied by those of animals including foxes, snakes, wild boars, cranes and ducks.  

The archaeologists believe Göbeklitepe was used as a religious centre. Geo-radar work has revealed evidence of 23 temple structures in the area. Two of the obelisks in the city were constructed in the form of a letter T and are positioned opposite each other within a circle of smaller, round obelisks.

Ercan said that the museum at Şanlıurfa contains a small sculpture of a pig that was discovered in front of the central stelas in the ‘C’ temple at Göbeklitepe. Such statues may have depicted sacred beings.

Work on the basic infrastructure of a roof to cover the site and help preserve its structures and artefacts has just been completed, ready for the construction of the roof itself. This is an EU project and the archaeologists aim to complete it in eight months’ time. 

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By Robin Whitlock - http://www.ancient-origins.net/



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    • HereAmI

      A megalithic structure on top of a hill; deliberately backfilled with rubble after it was abandoned.
      Or a pre-Flood city, drowned and buried in silt, despite its elevation above the surrounding terrain.

      • Theron

        Blasphemy!
        How dare you fail to bow down at the alter of science.
        Repent now and promise to never mention the flood again and you may yet be forgiven.
        ROFL. :wink:

      • SneakySneaker7

        I’m pretty sure that the experts understand the difference between silt deposits and backfill. Nice attempt at armchair archaeology.

        • Theron

          Yes and I’m equally sure they would never ever hide anything that would contradict the current paradigm and endanger their grants.
          :wink:

          http://www.s8int.com/hueyatlaco.html

          • evopilot

            WOW! 250 – 350,000yrs ago!? So, let me get this straight, the world is not 6000yrs old then? Well, I’ll be blowed, you learn something every day :)

            • Theron

              I know right. Some people refuse to look at the data huh? Now examine carefully how they arrived at that date and if you actually practice real science you MAY discover something. You DO realize that the diatoms would stratify in a global turbidity event right? Science isn’t supposed to be about making assumptions.
              I think the Earth is actually much closer to 6992 than 6000 and this is based not on the Bible but on the research of Dr. Russell Humphreys.

              I know I just said you should make assumptions but I’m going to assume you are a reasonably intelligent open minded person willing to actually look at and critically examine the evidence.

              I’ll link some stuff about his research (which you probably are not aware of) and give you some time to examine it and then, if you still rigidly stick to billions of years after you examine it, I would be very interested in your theory was as to what physical process could have inhibited helium diffusion through zircon globally for billions of years to then suddenly stop a little less than 7000 years ago?

              Take your time. Thoroughly examine this.

              I always enjoy learning new stuff, perhaps you will too.

              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJVdLR9T7Uk
              http://creation.com/helium-evidence-for-a-young-world-continues-to-confound-critics

            • Theron

              Typo – no edit function.
              I meant “shouldn’t make assumptions” not “should” :wink:

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