First Pictorial Representation of Gobekli Tepe Found
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.
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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 www.andrewcollins.com