Gobekli Tepe, Archaeological siteby Terry Trainor on 12/20/11
This site was checked by Archaeologists from the University of Chicago in the 60's, and dismissed as a cemetery. Then in the 90's, it was discovered to be much more than that. It turned out to be a temple. A VERY OLD temple. In fact, it pre-dates Stonehenge by 6000 years.
National Geographic, in their excellent treatment of this site, said it changes the entire way we view the development of our civilization; previously, it was thought that hunter-gatherers developed agriculture, then gathered into cities and developed civilization, then developed religion. But the temple at Gobekli Tepe predates all of that; it was built before humans had left the hunter-gatherer stage! It shows that FIRST came religion, THEN came civilization.
And the construction of it is also fascinating. It was re-built several times, but each time by poorer craftsmen; the first temple was the the finest, and the last was the poorest. It appears that skilled craftsmen were dropped into the un-populated world and built a temple, then subsequent generations lost those skills over time.
Let's see - as Bible believers, is there a story in scripture about civilized and skilled people being placed in the middle of an un-populated wilderness with no trace of human habitation, and first constructing a place to worship?
Genesis 8:18-20 (KJV)
18 And Noah went forth, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons' wives with him:
19 Every beast, every creeping thing, and every fowl, and whatsoever creepeth upon the earth, after their kinds, went forth out of the ark.
20 And Noah builded an altar unto the LORD; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar.
The ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat - present day Turkey.
And the location of Gobekli Tepe?
Modern day Turkey - -