Main: The twin pillars at Göbekli Tepe (g.frilli / flickr). Inset: The tiny bone plaque found at Göbekli Tepe and now on display at Sanliurfa’s new archaeological museum.

First Pictorial Representation of Gobekli Tepe Found

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In symbolic form at least, the creation of the bone plaque was to help its owner channel these same energies, even when away from the site itself. Yet somehow it remained at Göbekli Tepe. Whatever the reason for this, its existence dramatically increases our knowledge regarding the function and orientation of this incredible ancient site, and provides us with a valuable insight into the mindset of those who created its earliest enclosures some 11,500 years ago.


Featured image: Main: The twin pillars at Göbekli Tepe (g.frilli / flickr). Inset: The tiny bone plaque found at Göbekli Tepe and now on display at Sanliurfa’s new archaeological museum. Credit: Andrew Collins.

By Andrew Collins


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Thanks to Matthew Smith, Hugh Newman, Rodney Hale, and Catherine Hale for their help in the preparation of this article.

Andrew Collins is the author of Gobekli Tepe: Genesis of the Gods. His website is

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I have a question, apart from being aligned to Cygnus, which would be at this time of year, are there any correlating with the equinoxes that might indicate solar worship?

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Like Sundararaju Reddi :-) I´m interested in the Solar positions and the 4 cardinal seasonal directions.
Besides this, the Earth celestial pole area is an important measurement to mark on every ritual site.
I´m not so sure about the Cygnus Deneb connection though. I agree that the MIlky Way of course plays a huge role in the ancient myths, simply because it is closely connected to the numerous global Stories of Creation.

The formation in the Milky Way takes mostly place in its center “from where all creation in the Milky Way derives and to where it will return” in the circuit of creation.

If so, the direction towards the Milky Way center is ritually and mythologically VERY important indeed. How did our ancestors find this direction?

Noone can no for sure, but if one draw a line from Sirius in Canis Major, over the north celestial pole area and further on the Vega in Lyra, and the prolong this line, one has the  direction to the milky way center which is positioned below the northern hemisphere. Again Sirius, and ancestrial tellings, comes mythologically into play here.

From the actual Solar System location, the direction to the Milky Way is positioned in the star constellation of Sagittarius. I rather would think this direction is more important than the direction to Deneb in Cygnus, since the creation derives from the Sagittaius center and it also returns to the Milky Way center as a circuit of life where “holes in generally” plays the overall and significant role in the circuit of birth and death.


Ivar Nielsen


The Gobekli Tepe site appears to be a zoo. This object appears to be a souvenir. Has anyone researched in this direction?

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