Episode 49 - Gobekli Tepe
This is The Metaphysical Connection Episode 49. On this week’s show, Walt Schnabel, Jim Loretta and Eric Renderking Fisk get into the news of the week – how much is an asteroid worth these days and how much would they have to offer you to agree to help mine it?
We also talk about some strange anomalies science and archeology can’t explain yet.
Then Walt and Eric talk about Gobekli Tepe, the strangest and most intriguing archeological site, the smoking gun that might prove human civilization is far older than previously thought.
Smithsonian: Gobekli Tepe: The World’s First Temple? Predating Stonehenge by 6,000 years, Turkey's stunning Gobekli Tepe upends the conventional view of the rise of civilization
Ancient Code: The Secret of Gobekli Tepe: Cosmic Equinox and Sacred Marriage
Göbekli Tepe: Genesis of the Gods: The Temple of the Watchers and the Discovery of Eden
The Lip TV: From Atlantis to Gobekli Tepe-Secrets of the Extinct Human Golden Age with Graham Hancock
Gobekli Tepe was no laughing matter: The circular stone enclosures known as the temple at Göbekli Tepe in southeastern Turkey remain the oldest of its kind, dating back to around the 10th millennium B.C.
But Göbekli Tepe may also be the world's oldest science building.
Giulio Magli of the Polytechnic University of Milan hypothesizes it may have been built due to the "birth" of a "new" star; the brightest star and fourth brightest object of the sky, what we call Sirius (Greek for "glowing").
Sirius, which we also call the 'dog star' due to its location in the constellation Canis Major, was obviously not born 12,000 years ago, but Hipparchus would not discover the phenomenon of "precession" until 200 BC, when he compared the equinoxes in his time with older charts and made the connection. Precession at the latitude of Göbekli Tepe would have sent Sirius under the viewing horizon of those in ancient Turkey around 15,000 BC, where it remained unseen again until around 9,300 B.C. To those residents it was a new star appearing for the first time.
Klaus Schmidt was sixty years old when he died suddenly and unexpectedly in July 2014. He and his team were reflecting that his work at Göbekli Tepe had been in progress for twenty years. Indeed, a joint Turkish-German conference, involving diplomats, ministers and cultural officials, as well as leading international Neolithic specialists, was planned to take place in September in Urfa, south-east Turkey, to celebrate the now world-famous archaeological site. In the event, the conference became a tribute to the memory of the archaeologist who had revealed the extraordinary site to the world.
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