Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Outrage as Concrete is Poured on World’s Oldest Known Temple at Göbekli Tepe

Via Bill 

Archaeologists around the world have been left shocked and furious after the Turkish Culture and Tourism Ministry gave the go ahead for ‘conservation work’ at the ancient site of Göbekli Tepe, which has resulted in irreparable damage from heavy equipment and concrete being poured around the historically important.

 Göbekli Tepe is an archaeological site located at the top of a mountain ridge in south-eastern Anatolia region of Turkey. Dating back at least 12,000 years, it is home to the oldest known temple in the world, comprised of numerous megalithic pillars weighing between 40 and 60 tonnes and T-shaped stelas with intricate depictions of bulls, snakes, foxes, lions and other animals carved into the stone.


  1. No real surprise, Turkey is after all Islamic. And Islam has a fourteen hundred year history of destroying anything not Islam.


  2. Outrageous. Impious.

    What's so wonderful about the site is it's an argument that religion didn't originate as a means of controlling people in a large society. Rather religion might have been the reason people first congregated together to form a larger societal group.

    It's a very different thing if faith drives people than if faith is a merely a means of manipulation.

    With the theory of evolution, which can apply to culture/religion not only to genetics (also to small populations within a society not only to a population as a whole), the world can seem dry, valueless.

    Göbekli Tepe however gives us a sense that man is naturally drawn to worship, seeks God. It's truly wonderful.

    Or at least, it seems wonderful. Maybe we'll discover human sacrifice, prostitution, and other depravity. True piety though can be... inspiring, refreshing.


    CS Lewis somewhere wrote how an elite can also truly believe in Christ, as opposed to merely using Christianity for other ends.

    1. Great comment, thanks and a few links: