Ancient stone carvings at Gobekli Tepe show us how a comet struck Earth in 10,950BC, sparking the rise of civilizations.
Experts at the University of Edinburgh analyzed mysterious symbols carved onto stone pillars at Gobekli Tepe in southern Turkey, to find out if they could be linked to constellations.
This research published in Mediterranean Archaeology and Archaeometry” suggest that the markings represent a swarm of comet fragments hit Earth at the exact same time that a mini-ice age struck, changing the entire course of human history.
Using a computer program to map how the constellations would have appeared over Turkey at the time the carvings were made, the researchers discovered that the symbols seemed to confirm that a swarm of comet fragments had hit the Earth at the same time the temperature dropped.
Gobekli Tepe, is thought to be the world’s oldest temple site, which dates from around 9,000BC, predating Stonehenge by around 6,000 years. For years, researchers had suspected that an unexplained reduction in global temperatures during a period known as the Younger Dryas could have been caused by a comet impact – an event that was thought to have wiped out the woolly mammoth while also sparking the beginnings of civilization.
It’s an idea previously developed by dr Graham Hancock in his fantastic book «Magicians of the Gods» which has a much more complete dissertation about Gobekli Tepe and the start of human civilization.