Rich sent me about an ancient site at Göbeklitepe in southwest Turkey that appears to be around 12,000 years old:
The Göbeklitepe monuments were created twelve thousand years ago. In other words, 10,000 years before the founding of the Roman Empire, 8,000 years before the appearance of the Hittites, and 7,000 years before the building of the Great Pyramids.
I am standing amidst evidence that could upset everything we know about our remote past. Imagine such an age that it is still thousands of years to the discovery of metal and that the best cutting tool available is made of a piece of flintstone, with which you will hack 25-ton obelisks out of the bedrock and, carving those frightful animal figures on them, drag them here and erect them. We are talking about a project that required the simultaneous toil of two thousand men, a project so big for its time as to be considered gargantuan. Why did these people feel a need to erect such a complex of buildings? Perhaps we will never learn the answer to this question. It is thought that this was a cult centre since everyone, dig director Prof. Dr. Klaus Schmidt included, are in agreement that it was not a site used for vital needs such as hunting and shelter.
How could these ancient peoples, born centuries before the advent of tools, create such a city? that only 1.5% of the site has been excavated, and its beginning is estimated to be around 11,000 bce, which would be about 13000 years ago, requiring a level of technology not believed possible in that time period. From Wikipedia again: “The archaeologists estimate that up to 500 persons were required to extract the 10-20 ton pillars (in fact, some weigh up to 50 tons) from local quarries and move them 100 to 500m to the site.”
Evidently there are several other sites that have yet to be excavated even to this degree, including Karahan Tepe which also has the T-shaped pillars and stone rows. These discoveries could offer clues to the legends of Atlantis and Lemuria, other ancient civilizations that have been dismissed by scientists who refused to consider that such advanced civilizations could have existed before the Ice Age. Clearly, there are many more civilizations that have been swallowed up by the sands of history and may still reveal themselves!