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  1. Gobekli Tepe

  2. Gobekli Tepe The World’s First Temple?

  3. Certainly

  4. Certainly The oldest know example of monumental architecture

  5. Certainly The oldest know example of monumental architecture The first structure human beings put together that was bigger and more complicated than a hut.

  6. So far as we know, nothing like it existed anywhere else in the world.

  7. Gobekli Tepe is old,

  8. Gobekli Tepe is old, very old.

  9. Gobekli Tepe was built some 11,000 to 12,000 years ago.

  10. Gobekli Tepe was built some 11,000 to 12,000 years ago. 10,000 to 9,000 years BC or BCE

  11. Gobekli Tepe is

  12. Gobekli Tepe is 6,000 to 7,000 years older than Stonehenge

  13. Gobekli Tepe is

  14. Gobekli Tepe is 6,000 to 7,000 years older than the Pyramids of Giza

  15. Gobekli Tepe is

  16. Gobekli Tepe is 6,000 to 7,000 years older than the invention of writing.

  17. In fact, more time passed between the building of Gobekli Tepe and the invention of writing than has gone by since the invention of writing and today.

  18. Gobekli Tepe was created thousands of years before the appearance of human towns and cities.

  19. Gobekli Tepe is located in modern-day Turkey

  20. In Turkish, Gobekli Tepe means “hill of the navel” or “belly hill”.

  21. The individual who brought Gobekli Tepe to the attention of the world is

  22. Klaus Schmidt

  23. Klaus Schmidt

  24. Klaus Schmidt A German Archaeologist

  25. In the 1960s, archaeologists from the University of Chicago had surveyed Gobekli Tepe and concluded the site was of little interest. They believed the pieces of limestone found there simply to be gravestones from a relatively recent time, not from some prehistoric period.

  26. Schmidt came across the field notes that the University of Chicago archaelogists had made and decided to check out the site.

  27. He found large numbers of flint chips on the ground--clear indication that scores (even hundreds) of people had worked there deep in the past. This meant that the limestone slabs were much older than what the University of Chicago folks thought.

  28. The next year Schmidt began a systematic excavation of the Gobekli Tepe site.

  29. Schmidt uncovered a ring of stone T-shaped pillars.

  30. These pillars are big.

  31. Tallest are 18 feet high and weight 16 tons.

  32. The stones were quarried from the surrounding limestone hills.

  33. The stones were quarried from the surrounding limestone hills. Archaeologists have found a pillar that was not completely dug out.

  34. The surfaces of these pillars at Gobekli Tepe are decorated with a menagerie of animals