Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Gobekli Tepe: all that and a LOAD of chips

Gobekli Tepe.  I read an article about it in the NY Times in the summer of 2014 and so - after Donna and 2 of my traveling buddies declined for "safety" reasons (ISIS was fighting the Kurds 30 miles away in Kobane.  I knew that while ISIS might be tough, they were pussycats compared to the Kurds who were fighting to keep their homes.  The Kurds smashed ISIS who quickly retreated never to return. Donna decided it was safe enough so here we are. Gobekli Tepe.  Not only is it TWICE as old as Stonehenge, it is many times larger!  No one knows who built this huge complex (the hill where Donna is in this first photo is ENTIRELY artificial and as far front to back as it is left to right: zoom in and you will see her at the top).

Prior to Gobekli Tepe, discovered archeological ruins went back to the period of Stonehenge, the pyramids of Egypt, and temples on Malta.

When Abraham was born here, a mile or so from our hotel, Gobekli Tepe was 9,000 years old. No one knows who built this huge complex because it was built before writing or pottery.  More photos - words just don't fit.

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