What is Gobekli Tepe? Facts, History, and Speculation


There are many wonders of the ancient world which boggle our minds and inspire awe in our hearts. But what happens when a site of such precision and magnitude proves beyond a scientific doubt the existence of man to be older than anything known before? Such is the case of Gobekli Tepe which puts human history as we know it into question.

First uncovered in 1994 by a local shepherd in Turkey, Gobekli Tepe contains megaliths weighing 7 to 10tons and stands 18 feet high.

Carbon dating firmly establishes its age at 12,000 years old – 7,000 years older than Stonehenge.

Biblical history is commonly accepted and dates humanity at a mere 4,000 years old. Linda Moulton Howe proclaims that this discovery literally doubles the age of human history.

What is Gopekli Tepe?

In the time of cavemen, just before the Ice Age, without the wheel, tools or agriculture, Gobekli Tepe appears with advanced technologies, detailed architecture and astronomically aligned with the cardinal directions. Lying in the very heart of the cradle of civilization, this exquisite preservation is a gift of epic proportions.

Buried for 10,000 years, the sacred site was discovered quite by accident in 1994. German archaeologist Klaus Schmidt was called in for his expertise and what he unearthed created a quandary of our understanding of humanity. The level of technique and detail is what first stands out. Richly carved in limestone, animals of the world are captured in both intricate carvings and sculptures. The impressive scope of wildlife depicts foxes, birds, boars and snakes.

The T-shaped megaliths soaring some 18 feet tall stand boldly in place. The carvings on these are carefully crafted with hands, arms and clothing. These towering beings all face each other in a near perfect circle.

Klaus Schmidt’s belief was that Gobekli Tepe was a sanctuary site, dubbed the World’s First Temple. No bones, no cooking utensils nor tools lie among the ruins. It appears that this was not a place where people lived. Only pristinely preserved structures standing in glorious contrast to the desert they now inhabit.

Who Built Gobekli Tepe?

Gobekil Tepe appears out of the primitive beginnings of civilization when brutish humans gathered berries and hunted as nomads. From these crude origins, a site that questions all accepted history appears out of nowhere. Did these neolithic men stumble into sophisticated craftsmanship? Or was there are a spark that inspired their skill?

Graham Hancock suggests there must be an outside influence that taught advanced masonry to humans. He calls this a Transfer of Technology. Whether descended from the stars or a lost civilization which the world has forgotten, it is these lines of inquisition that inspire the greatest possibilities for the creation of Gobekli Tepe.

Credence to Mythology

We must re-examine those stories and myths believed to be mere allegory to understand the implications of Gobekli Tepe . Atlantis, the Niphilim, the Annunaki and the Garden of Eden all are often connected to theories of what Gobekli Tepe could have been.

What was once believed to be mythology now becomes a valid line of inquiry. All doors of pseudo-science are now open to explore as a plausible hypotheses as we seek to recalibrate what we know of human origins.

If, as Hancock suggests, the achievements of Gobekli Tepe were a gift from an advanced civilization, we must explore the possibilities of Ancient Alien visitations which kick started humanity.

The Watchers and Garden of Eden

Resting in the fertile crescent, at exactly the birth of humanity, Andrew Collins reminds us of the Watchers (a race of Angels documented in the Book of Enoch) who guarded the Garden of Eden. Urfa (just miles from Gobekli Tepe) is said to be the legendary Garden of Eden, a terrestrial paradise rich with flora and fauna.

Though the Book of Enoch was omitted from the Bible, several versions found throughout the world legitimize it’s apocryphal legacy.

These Angels came from the heavens and laid with the wives of man to create the Nephilim. Known as the Annunaki to the Babylonians, Collins suggests the terms may be interchangeable documenting the simultaneous arrival of reptilian giants on the planet. These advanced races came to assist humanity with arts and knowledge. Gobekli Tepe appears in this same moment and marks a huge leap in knowledge and skill that didn’t exist on the planet before.

The Flood and The Fall of Atlantis

While on the Earth, the Watchers created an offspring race, known as the Nephilim. These hybrid children of the Watchers and humans descended into disarray and violence. Their presence destructive to the planet and human race, they had to be wiped out by God.

The flood could be the cataclysmic blow of the Nephilim which also destroyed Atlantis. The flood is a documented geological event known by geologists as Meltwater Pulse 1B dated at 11,300 years ago.

Graham Hancock notes that the purported fall of Atlantis happens at the exact time of the creation of Gobekli Tepe. Was this site a preservation of a time before? Perhaps a monument built to remember what had occurred before the civilization was lost forever?

Noah’s Ark

Given the broad range of animals depicted, Andrew Collins suggests this monument could have been a literal recording of the flood. Gobelki Tepe lies only 350 miles from Mount Ararat where Noah’s Ark is said to rest. The careful depiction of animals could be a catalog of the animals included on the Ark. The temple, in its nature, is a reminder of the past and a legacy to future generations of what existed on the planet at this time in history.

Gobekli Tepe’s Burial and Re-Discovery

The intentional burial of Gobekli Tepe spawns even more questions. The carbon dating locks in its creation at 9000 BCE though it was only discovered in 1994. The hill was a pastoral landscape known as “potbelly hill” and for eons no one knew what lied beneath.

If we expand the Nephilim possibility, the burial of Gobekli Tepe could have been the literal cover up of this misstep of human history.

Note Gobekli Tepe was not destroyed outright but rather cautiously buried under 20 feet of sand. A further testimony of its significance and a clue that it’s secrets are waiting for us.


The legend of Atlantis lingers in human history since Plato’s first revelation of this lost land. Long sought but never discovered, it is believed that Atlantis was destroyed during a cataclysmic event in Earth’s history.

Graham Hancock suggests that Gobekli Tepe was created by the remaining Atlanteans as a way to re-start their society. The beginning of our civilization, when man first begins to gather and live in settlements, is actually, according to Hancock, the re-starting of society.

After the Flood

The remaining peoples of the Earth dispersed [from Atlantis] after the cataclysm and brought their knowledge far and wide to restart humanity. From Egypt to Europe, from Mexico to Sumer, ancient races all document wise beings appearing from the waters with advanced knowledge which furthered human progress.

The shared iconography of these beings (what Hancock calls the Magicians of the Gods) taught the gifts of civilization and thus, were believed to be gods or magicians. Skills like mathematics, astronomy, agriculture and masonry were shared to help humanity along. The being’s ability to emerge from the waters of the flood is illustrated with fish-like features in monuments throughout the world.

Can we Trust History?

Even if we do not go as far as supporting an alien intervention or the fall of Atlantis, the facts of Gobekli Tepe are a testament that challenges every assumption about the origins of humanity. Were there ancient civilizations here before us? Is this history of our planet much older than anything we have imagined?

The possibilities that the age of Gobekli Tepe opens up are vast. Long have archaeologists questioned the age of the Sphinx, the veracity of the history as we know it and challenged the facts as purported by mainstream scientists and archaeologists.

What we must bear in mind is that such scientific discoveries are funded by those who do have an agenda in place. This is an extension of the Church and the Cabal who are cautious to create their version of history. The Smithsonian and others have their interests to protect and therefore any explorers who challenge their views will not be funded or will be outright discredited. The funding afforded to Howard Carter in his discovery of Tut’s Tomb in the early 20th century was of a different era and few true explorers have the financial backing outside of the establishment to pursue freely their theories. Rouges like Carmen Bolter and Zecharia Sitchin are limited in their funding and questioned in their credibility. Yet the ideas they share are creating new avenues of possibility among the conscious minded which resonate as plausible and worth exploring.

Other Sites that Challenge Known History

Gobekli Tepe has so far received the most attention for its facts are too hard to refute. But other sites are equally profound and will offer further challenges to history as we know it.

  • Gunung Padang– pyramid in Indonesia, 12000 years older than Gobekli Tepe
  • Rtanj – Serbian pyramid also known as “navel of the world” similar to belly terminology of Gobekli Tepe, unexplained anomalies of technology mirror those of Gunung Padang
  • Lepenski Vir – a permanent settlement of explicit architectural significance in Serbia dating back to the same time as Gobekli Tepe, sculptures of fish beings like Hancock’s lost Gods of Atlantis

The questions raised are among the most interesting discoveries yet. We are only in the beginning phases of knowing how this will affect our understanding of the world as we know it. What we can conclude is that the existence of Gobekli Tepe suggests there were highly advanced civilizations on the Earth before us. And for those of us passionate about past lives and restoring ancient wisdom, Gobekli Tepe opens the pandora’s box on all possibilities. Dream away, my darlings, for permission has now been granted to re-examine history!

The Zone of Silence: An Ancient Mystery of Old Mexico

Because of Mexican engineer and chemist Harry De La Peña’s blond hair and blue eyes, since high school he had been called “El Luminaro,” the Luminous One. After a European education, De La Peña returned to Mexico to teach chemistry at the Instituto Tecnológico de Laguna in Torreon, Mexico. On a blistering day in 1966, he departed Torreon for a photo expedition with a group of friends.

On that day, El Luminaro would stumble into a zone of anomalous paradox. While native mestizos, the ethnically mixed descendants of Anglo and indigenous people, had long known the the area had strange and special qualities, it was now on the radar of a European-trained scientist. The locals believed that couples having trouble conceiving children could visit the Zone with a baby coming nine months later. Notably, Zone locals also had superior dental health with straight white teeth, and random blood samples from Zone residents show far greater health than those from outside the area.

Like the Bermuda Triangle, the Zone of Silence is located on the 27th parallel. Comprised of 1,500 square miles of inhospitable desert and extreme temperatures, there are no roads; only dirt tracks. And travel mishaps are dangerous as it’s difficult to call for help. El Zona del Silencio is an electromagnetic void; an anomaly, where compasses spin like dervishes and cell phone and radio signals are the definition of “hit-and-miss.” Even so, some view these odd reports as “deliberately invented to generate tourism and sold to the world via the mass media.”

Entering  El Zona del Silencio

Ceballos, in the Mexican State of Durango, is the point of departure closest to the zone. In 1966 the town, comprised of dirt roads and shacks, was barely on the map. More than 50-years since, the roads are still some combination of dirt, dust and mud, but signs point the way to El Zona del Silencio, and a 16 kilometer rail spur provides access from the outside.                                          

The wise enter the zone with as much ice and water as a vehicle can carry as well as extra gas. Only a fool would forget a hat. During monsoon season the ground becomes a slippery paste, and dry arroyos fill with torrential flood waters in an instant. Daytime temperatures can hit 120F and plummet to freezing after the sun drops below the horizon.

Nopal cactus grow in abundance — on the zone outskirts they have the typical green coloring, but change to pink and purple as one travels deeper into the region. What’s even weirder is that the purple and pink specimens are interspersed with green cactus plants.

Another rare species, the tailless Mapimí tortoise, is native to the area. Foot-long centipedes with purple heads and tails hunt anything they can catch, including mice and birds. Insects grow two to three times normal size, and albino reptiles and snakes are frequently sighted. Today much of the zone is within the boundaries of the Mapimí Biosphere Reserve — the inexplicable flora and fauna are subject to ongoing research.

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