Showing posts with label karahan tepe. Show all posts
Showing posts with label karahan tepe. Show all posts

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

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.