Gobekli Tepe 9,600 BC, Illustration from National Geographic
If Gobekli-Tepe is a new subject to you, or your memory needs refreshing, you can quickly learn or refresh by putting “Gobekli” in the Search Bar above, and examining my two prior posts and their links. I highly recommend you do so, because I have discovered a 3-presentation conference (October 2012) that will take you to the next level of understanding—if you do that little bit of preparation beforehand. As always, read the prior posts in published (number) order.
There is about 3-hours of videos here. Before you start, I want to prepare you to avoid the distractions of: (1) the Turkish subtitles, (2) the Symposium’s rather pushy host who tries to keep each speaker on a preconceived track with the subtlety of a Shetland Sheepdog herding a flock; (3) less than stellar video of the speakers BUT which is mitigated by presentation quality inserted copies of the charts and maps they are addressing (which is something new in presentation videos, and one answer to all of our prayers).
Here are the three lectures. Keep your eyes on the higher-quality presentation graphics, and not on the speakers or the emcee. And if you find yourself distracted, pause the video by clicking it with your cursor, take a deep breath, and restart it by clicking it again. (Much easier than the standard control buttons).
(2) Gobekli Tepe – Sanctuaries of the Stone Age. Klaus Schmidt, the late Excavation Director who dug deep enough and reconstructed the monuments to figure out some of its purposes. University of Erlangen.
(3) The Astronomy, Chronology, Geography of the Vedas and its Possible Relation to Gobekli Tepe. Narrated by B. G. Sidharth. Examines architecture of one particular Gobekli Tepe monument with regard to seasonal measurements, and other indications of relationship with the Rig Veda and, if this is true, revolutionizes existing arguments about the origin of the Indo-European language group.
Next week, I will give you more videos on these revolutionary archaeological discoveries in Turkey, which are demolishing the century-old timeline of the Neolithic in the Middle East. This material will provide you with a much more realistic understanding of how hunter-gatherers tamed natural flora and fauna, how their spiritual viewpoint evolved, and the macro-environmental factors which stimulated this.
I hope this subject excites your curiosity as much as it does mine.
Thanks for visiting,
R. E. J. Burke