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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