Gobekli in the News

21 Jul 2018

Apparently, 15 monumental temples and some 200 standing stones have been discovered as part of a geophysical survey around Gobekli Tepe. See www.aa.com.tr/en/turkey/new-temples-stones-found-in-turkeys-gobeklitepe-... ... the T shaped obelisks are 10 to 20 feet high and weigh between 40 and 40 tones each.

Over at www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-07/uoc--adb071118.php ... at a site in north eastern Jordan, in the Black Desert, archaeologists have found the charred remains of flat bread baked by hunter gatherers 14,400 years ago (prior to the Younger Dryas event). It is the oldest direct evidence for bread to date - predating the advent of agriculture by several thousand years. The infeence is that wild cereals were being used to make bread and this eventually led to the domestication of cereal plants (and subsequently, farming). The research is published in PNAS and we learn thee we a whole host of charred food remains at the site - classified as part of the Natufian culture (best known from Jericho).

At www.sciencealert.com/never-before-seen-ancient-henge-appears-once-in-a-l... ... a drone went for a ride and found the crop marks of a lost henge in the Irish countryside near Newgrange in Co Meath. The dry weather we are enjoying has revealed crop marks in various parts of Europe, but Ireland and its soft rain, hides them well.

A circle of 492 feet in diameter (150m) is a rare find - and the thinking at the moment is that it goes back 5000 years. What henges were used for remains an unknown but are generally regarded as meeting places of some kind. Further aerial surveys have since detected additional sites of interest near the henge. See also www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-44767497 and https://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2018/07/19/an-ancient-mystery-henge-has-... ...