GOBEKLI TEPE, TURKEY
- OLDEST TEMPLE IN THE WORLD -
Göbekli Tepe is often referred to as the first temple or the oldest temple in the world.
Built in 10th millennia BC, this massive, ancient temple in Turkey is made out of pillars structured into great stone rings. This remarkable stone temple was built by prehistoric people (hunter-gatherers) on a hilltop and is considered the oldest human-made place of worship ever discovered.
Göbekli Tepe is older than written language and was built even before the beginning of agriculture and animal farming. Interestingly, the site was initially dismissed by anthropologists who believed it to be a medieval grave. However, Klaus Schmidt of the German Archaeological Institute visited the site in 1994 and felt that there was something massive hidden underneath. This proved true as radiocarbon dating confirmed that Göbekli Tepe was built 11,500 years ago and is truly one of the most monumental archaeological discoveries in recent history.
Clancy's comment: Amazing discovery, eh?