Gobekli Tepe 3

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    Gobekli Tepe (means "belly hill")is a hillside in Southeast Turkey, where the oldest known temple complex in the world was discovered in 1994 by a German archaeologist called Klaus Schmidt. It is a complex of 20 or so circular buildings of various ages, the oldest of which has been dated at 11,000 years old - to put that in perspective, that is 6000 years older than Stonehenge! It is so old that it predates both agriculture and metallurgy - as incredible at it seems, achaeologists believe these temples were constructed by nomadic hunter gatherers using only stone axes and flints. The giant T-shaped limestone megaliths that form the site are decorated with animal motifs in both shallow relief and also more sculptural forms. The spaces in between the megaliths were filled in with drystone walls, which often incorporated low benches in thier design. Nobody knows what type of religion or spirituality the makers of the temple had, but due to the frightening nature of the animal carvings, (which include vultures and lions) some speculate that it could have been a death cult or necropolis.

    It has long been believed that neolithic societies only started to build such enduring temples once they had settled into complex agrarian communities; domesticating wildlife, making pottery and the like. However, the evidence at Gobekli Tepe presents a different picture altogether - a hunter gatherer society whos spiritual life led to them later settling in the area (possibly to maintain the temples they had built) and developing agrarian technologies. In short, thier religion lay at the very root of who they were to become - us.

    This was my entry for round 4 of the MocOlympics on MOCpages.

    ka.lego, Dunechaser, wrightbrosfan, and 43 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. Dunechaser 30 months ago | reply

      I cannot currently articulate just how awesome I think this is. Faved to blog later, when my awe subsides enough for words to take form. Wonderful choice of subject matter, very accurately rendered in LEGO.

    2. Shuppiluliumas 30 months ago | reply

      Both the AFOL and Near Eastern archaeologist in me approve. Awesome.

    3. qi_tah 30 months ago | reply

      Thankyou very much for your kind words, and also for blogging my moc! Whilst on the subject (roughly) of the MocOlympics, i don't know if you blog things from MOCpages but Leda Kat's latest entry is a corker and well worth a look - i can't find a presence for her on Flickr though.

    4. qi_tah 30 months ago | reply

      Haha, thanks! As well as my being blown away by the story of the Gobekli Tepe dig, this is also something of a tribute to all the archaeology doco's that i like to watch whilst building. :)

    5. (vhmh) 30 months ago | reply

      Amazing job on this! Well done!

    6. Obxcrew [deleted] 30 months ago | reply

      Excellent build! I'm shocked by how seamlessly you incorporated the baseplate.

    7. The Acquaintance Crate 30 months ago | reply

      Great work! so many details!

    8. qi_tah 30 months ago | reply

      Thanks! It certainly was a fun (if hectic) build. :)

      Thankyou! I do like that baseplate and i've been keeping an eye out for a reason to use for a while now. I thought the square pits and cutouts would be perfect for dig sites.

      Cheers! Glad you like. :)

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