Thursday, 11 March 2021

The 11,000-Year-Old Urfa Man and Links to Gobekli Tepe, Ancient Europe & Egypt | Ancient Architects

In my last video I showed you the incredible ancient Ain Ghazal statues of ancient Jordan, lime plaster constructions that date back to around 9,000 years ago, being some of the oldest, almost-life-size representations of the human form ever discovered.

But these exquisite examples are not the oldest in the region, because that title belongs to Urfa Man, a stone human statue that was found in excavations near Urfa, in the geographical area of Upper Mesopotamia in the southeast of modern-day Turkey.

Incredibly, it is around 11,000 years old, carved by humans just 700 years after the end of the freezing conditions of the Younger Dryas.

Urfa Man, as it is crudely known, is considered to be the oldest naturalistic life-sized sculpture of a human and is contemporaneous with the incredible site of Gobekli Tepe, and geographically close by.

Furthermore, it has a very similar appearance to later statuettes that appeared as Neolithic civilisation reached new parts of the world, and similar examples are seen throughout Europe and into Egypt. Some of the statuettes have a the style of the face, have the chevron or V-shape around the neck, as well as the same hand pose.

Is this another example of ancient civilisations originating in Anatolia and the Levant? Is Urfa man an iconic statue, a god perhaps, that future god and goddess figurines are based on? Watch the video to learn more:

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