Connections between Gobekli Tepe and Peru

By Klaus-Peter Simon [CC-BY-SA-3.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons

Credit: Klaus-Peter Simon [CC-BY-SA-3.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons

Hugh Newman posted a fantastic article outlining some connections between Gobekli Tepe and Peru here. Gobekli Tepe has to be one of the most fascinating sites in the world.  Carbon-dating  has placed it at the end of the last ice-age.  A thriving civilization existed in the area between 12,000 and 14000 years ago.  The site is a monkey wrench to the face of the accepted view of our historical origins.

What strikes people when they visit this site is the intricacy of the stonework, the size of the megalithic pillars, and the sheer magnitude of the man-made hill it was carefully covered with. The original construction was built on solid bedrock, then mounds were constructed on top of these, and further structures built on top over a period of around two thousand years, with the final enclosures containing smaller stones and less sophistication than the earlier levels. The larger, older pillars at the lower levels, show bas-relief carvings of various animals, reptiles, birds and serpents.

 

By Klaus-Peter Simon  [CC-BY-SA-3.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons

Credit: Klaus-Peter Simon [CC-BY-SA-3.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons

One of the most interesting parts of the piece was the mention of proto sumerian writing found in South America…

at a site about six miles from Tiwanaku in Bolivia, a 3-foot wide ceramic bowl was discovered that shows proto-Sumerian writing, next to indigenous Aymara script. It has been labelled “The Rosetta Stone of South America”.

There is quite a bit of real estate in-between the fertile crescent and Bolivia. How did they manage that? This is the type of unanswered question that keeps me up at night.

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