Schmidt points to the great stone rings, one of them 65 feet across. "This is the first human-built holy place," he says...
...And partly because Schmidt has found no evidence that people permanently resided on the summit of Gobekli Tepe itself, he believes this was a place of worship on an unprecedented scale--humanity's first "cathedral on a hill."
Never ceases to amaze me. Invent a great story to fit a find. I suppose after more than 10 years work you couldn't admit it was a zoo or animal shelter. I don't mean to belittle this man's work, but I do get sick of the claims that are made with no facts to base it on.
During the 12th campaign, which ended on 20 October 2006, excavation concentrated on widening the surface area to enable a complete exposure of the four great pillar-structures A through D; in the previous three seasons excavation had focused on the very center of the site. Outstanding among the 2006 discoveries are the sculpture of a wild beast in Structure C and a pillar with particularly ornate relief in Structure D.
Paleozoological and paleobotanical studies running parallel to the excavation indicate that the population whose achievements we see at Göbekli Tepe represented an economic stage of development still dependent upon wild prey. The economic motor of the Neolithic village, forerunner of the oriental city, still lay far beyond the horizon. Only a collection of hunters who assembled on the mountain as if to attend an "Olympic council" could have been responsible for the outlay of labor necessary to erect this architecture. "First came the temple, then the city" would seem descriptive of the phenomenon we see here. It remains the role of future excavation either to confirm or discredit this conclusion.
The most recent building phase at Göbekli Tepe (Level II) has been dated both comparatively and absolutely (C14) to ca 8000 BC, with an earlier primary building phase (Level III) ending as early as 9000 BC. The age of the earliest occupation cannot yet be determined; the depth of the deposit, however, would suggest a period of several millennia, which signifies that the site had already existed in early Paleolithic times. Level I refers to the accumulation of sediment on the lower slopes of the rise, often considerably deep, occasioned by natural erosion and recently intensified by agriculture.
I suppose, you might be wrong since no-one really doubts the findings .... for more than a decade now.
crafted and arranged by prehistoric people who had not yet developed metal tools or even pottery
And partly because Schmidt has found no evidence that people permanently resided on the summit of Gobekli Tepe itself, he believes this was a place of worship on an unprecedented scale--humanity's first "cathedral on a hill."
There's nothing to really suggest that Stonehenge isn't more than an elaborate astronomical construction. Yes, the druids could have used it as a temple
silly, everyone knows the aliens helped us
Also, while the monument is almost certainly aligned to the soltices, the whole prehistoric observatory thing is now no longer widely supported.