Saturday, 5 February 2022

Göbekli Tepe Animal Calendar Markers: A New Hypothesis

Since the end of last year I’ve been reading a blog called Old European Culture and I have to say it is one of the most fascinating reads I’ve come across on the Internet. I first came across it through Twitter because the author really does post some interesting ideas, interpretations and observations regarding the ancient world.

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I was specifically interested in their views on the imagery displayed on the T-Shaped pillars at Göbekli Tepe and that’s because they have a somewhat unique and intriguing hypothesis regarding the use of animal iconography in ancient art.

There are hundreds of blog posts on the site, discussing many different cultures and eras of history, and I’ve linked it below in the description, because it’s a wonderful rabbit hole to go down into and so please forgive me if I don’t give the work justice because I’m trying to really give a summary in video format for a broad audience.

In a nutshell, the claim is that animal representations in the ancient world are calendar markers. Animals are universal, their habits and behaviours are predictable and often seasonal, and hence a depiction of animal can, in effect, encode the time of the year. So how does this hypothesis affect our knowledge of Göbekli Tepe?

Well, if correct, it means the animals displayed on the T-shaped pillars of Göbekli Tepe, such as the famous Pillar 43 or Vulture Stone, are portraying the important seasons and annual events in the calendar, which for a Pre-Pottery Neolithic culture would be so important to life. I'd love to hear your thoughts on this amazing hypothesis so please do comment below.

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Thursday, 23 December 2021

Göbekli Tepe IS HUGE! Geophysics shows 200 Pillars & 20 Enclosures!

Gobekli Tepe is the flagship archaeological site of Turkey, the incredible Pre-Pottery Neolithic complex with origins dating back to at least 11,500 years ago. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2018, experts estimate that only 5% of this enormous complex has been excavated.

Within that 5% we already have a plethora of finds that have effectively re-written the history books. We have enormous T-shaped pillars, some of which are anthropomorphic, and some intricately carved with beautiful reliefs, engravings and 3-dimensional portrayals of animals, patterns and other iconography from the remote past.

Every new discovery gives us a new piece of information, sometimes critical, regarding how we view the people of Ancient Anatolia in Pre-Pottery Neolithic times. We have learned so much since excavations first began 26 years ago.

But what is left to excavate at Gobekli Tepe? How do we know only 5% of this archaeological complex has been excavated? Just how big is Gobekli Tepe?

Watch the video to learn more and to see the geophysical results, which provide evidence that Gobekli Tepe has around 20 enclosures and 200 T-Shaped pillars and many of which are still buried below ground.

Easter Island Moai Statues: What is Carved on the Back?

We’ve all seen the incredible Moai statues, created to honour the ancestors of Easter Island, known locally as Rapa Nui, between 1000 and 1650 AD.

There are around 900 statues on the island, some weighing up to 86 tons and some 10 metres high. Most are carved from volcanic tuff, which is basically compressed volcanic ash and compared to volcanic rock like basalt, it is easier to carve with stone tools.

Some moai statues though, a minority, are made of basalt, such as the example on display in the British museum. Only 13 moai are made of this harder rock type and they tend to be the earliest examples. The one in the British Museum dates to between 1000 and 1200 AD.

Something not everybody knows though, is that the backs of some of the statues are also intricately carved. Interestingly, these carvings are not considered to be original features. Sometimes the motifs are carved in low relief, sometimes incised, but what are these strange images actually showing? Watch the video to find out.

Karahan Tepe EXCLUSIVE: New Discoveries & Drone Footage from December 2021

Early in December 2021, I was sent around 12 to 15 minutes of raw video footage by friend of the channel ‘Dakota of Earth’. The footage is brand new, taken on location, both on the ground and with a drone at the incredible Pre-Pottery Neolithic site of Karahan Tepe, one of the 12 Tas Tepeler sites of Ancient Turkey.

He has given this footage to me exclusively as we look around the newly excavated parts of the site and there are things I have never seen before, including an anthropomorphic pillar with two arms but with 8 fingers on each hand.

There are leopard reliefs and carvings, but with amazing texture and you’ll see things in this video you can’t see anywhere else.

Watch the first video now to learn all about the amazing 11,000-year-old of Karahan Tepe and see it like never before.

The second video is incredible and rare drone footage, recorded in December 2021. To date, only a small percentage of Karahan Tepe has been excavated to date and there is so much more to come. It has many similarities but also many clear differences to its sister site of Gobekli Tepe and you won't see new footage like this anywhere else on the internet.

In this video there is no audio commentary from me, just captions at intervals to talk you through what exactly you are looking at, a site that, in my opinion, could well prove to be one of the most important archaeological complexes ever discovered.

The Mysterious Lost Island Palace of Por-Bajin

The archaeological site of Por-Bajin is situated on an island in Lake Tere-Khol in the Republic of Tuva in Southern Siberia, very close to the border with Mongolia, and it’s unlike anything I’ve seen before.

This 1,300-year-old fortress-like structure still divides the experts as what it actually was in its hey-day. It’s a site that I wasn’t aware of until recently and it fascinates and frustrates the experts in equal measure because there are differing opinions regarding who built it and why.

Some people think it’s a summer palace, some say a monastery, others believe its an astronomical observatory and some believe it’s a fortress? So what is it?

In this video, I take a closer at the mysterious ruins of this so-called island palace. Please subscribe to Ancient Architects, Like the video and please leave a comment below.

The Incredible 40,000-YEAR-OLD Denisovan Stone Bracelet

In 2008, the world’s oldest stone bracelet was discovered, the handiwork of a now-extinct species or population of humans called the Denisovans.

This incredible object was dated to between 40,000 and 50,000 years old, and was found in Stratum 11 of the world famous Denisova cave in the Altai region of Siberia and it is truly one of a kind, showing technical skills in fine stonework, long before we ever thought possible.

Whoever its wearer and whatever its importance, it is a find that fundamentally changed our views of the Denisovans, showing us they were far more advanced than we ever thought possible.

Watch this video to learn more about this incredibly rare and incredibly ancient discovery and find out why it should make us rethink the origins of human ingenuity. Please subscribe to Ancient Architects, Like the video and please leave a comment below.

Thursday, 18 March 2021

40,000-Year-Old Ice Age Writing of Ancient Europe | Ancient Architects

Writing is the process of using symbols to communicate thoughts and ideas in a readable form, something that many of us take for granted in the 21st century being taught to read and write at a very early age, but when did the concept of written communication begin?

The Sumerian archaic style of writing known as pre-Cuneiform is often quoted as the first written language in human history, first seen some time between 3,400 and 3,100 BC, at a similar time when Egyptian hieroglyphs were also emerging. Less than a thousand year later, texts from Egypt to the Middle East were coherent and developed but is this really the birth of written communication, or does it in fact go back much, much further?

Paleoanthropologist and rock art researcher Genevieve von Petzinger has studied ancient markings from caves across Europe and what she has discovered is something quite astounding.

Von Petzinger studies art in European caves that date to between 10,000 and 40,000 years ago because she is particularly interested in the development of the modern mind, the evolution of human imagination, creativity and abstract thought – the things that make us human.

Whilst documenting the 350 examples of rock art in European Ice Age caves, she made an incredible discovery, that there are only 32 specific rock art signs or symbols, signs that continued to be drawn over a 30,000-year timespan and were seen throughout the entire continent of Europe.

Watch the video to learn more about this incredible discovery and what it means for the study of human origins and how our ancient ancestors communicated.

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