Friday, 15 April 2011

How Far Back Do We Go?

I came across two separate articles recently and I decided to look at the subjects in a bit more detail. I had seen the topics before but I had not devoted much time to them. Maybe I was not ready for them and the importance of the message.

The first topic is about an obscure find in a remote region of Turkey called Gobekli Tepe. In a chance encounter a shepherd uncovered an unusual stone. That discovery led to a find that threatens to shatter our perceived historical timeline.

This site was built between 11,000 and 12,000 years ago. The pillars range in size up to 4 meters in height and are intricately carved. The site was in use for thousands of years and then deliberately buried.

Only 5% of the total site has been uncovered to date. I was especially impressed with the pillars – this from ‘primitive’ hunter-gathers using stone age tools. This short video gives a brief look at what the excavations have uncovered so far.

Our ‘approved’ history has civilisation arising in Mesopotamia, the region between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. In this region the Sumerians arose around 5000 BCE. This is the civilisation for which we have the earliest forms of writing - their clay tablets. The legend of Gilgamesh comes from this time.

The earliest known records of a human settlement are of Catal Hoyuk an Early Neolithic site in Anatolia, south central Turkey (6300-5500 BC). The oldest records of ancient Egypt go back to approximately 3250 BCE. Stonehenge is dated as approximately from 3100 BCE.

Recorded civilisation only goes back 5000 years. The find at Gobekli Tepe kicks the can a lot further back down the road. What happened in the thousands of years before then?

Consider if you will the implications of this find. A group of semi-nomadic people came together, built the complex at Gobekli Tepe over many years with stone tools. After thousands of years of use the site was then carefully buried. All this took place thousands of years before the arrival of the first cities.


The second story was on a topic I have seen a few times in my wanderings around the web and is more controversial. In many ways the many reports are all traced back to one man Semir Osmanagic. He has claimed that there exists 3 man made pyramids in the Visoko valley of Bosnia.

Pyramids and pyramidal mounds are found on all of the major land masses except for Europe. I have a number of articles including the highly sceptical ones. I think there are definitely grounds for further in-depth study. Many of the negative articles are very much ad hominem.

Archaeology is very much an ‘old boy’s network’ of adherents to ‘approved’ research. Any researcher proposing novel or unorthodox fields of investigation commit career suicide. Historical digs are expensive and funds come in the form of grants. By such means a subtle and unspoken censorship is maintained.

I did find this blog but I found some links were not working. A better site is this one. As always I recommend checking for yourselves. The dates mentioned for the pyramid are anything from 12,000 – 27,000 years old. If any of this can be substantiated it will be the historical equivalent of disproving the flat earth theory. Here is a 2 part interview with Semir.

How far back do we go? A better question is why has this been kept quiet?