Archive for March, 2010

A Temple in Eden?

March 3, 2010

In the (London) Daily Mail, this story about  Gobekli Tepe, a site in Turkey containing stone slabs with mysterious carvings, which is very old indeed.   “Carbon-dating shows that the complex is at least 12,000 years old, maybe even 13,000 years old.”

It was discovered in 1994.  12 or 13 thousand years ago:  that’s well before what we were always told was the “dawn of civilization”.    But something drove our very remote ancestors to create this.  What that something was doesn’t fit the usual account we have learned.  The site was discovered by a Kurdish shepherd:  “Following his flock over the arid hillsides, he passed the single mulberry tree, which the locals regarded as ‘sacred’.”  A long folk memory indeed.  And it was sacred to those people, still in the stone age, who created it.

(Not related, but from early childhood  I recall a riddle which went:  “Adam and Eve and Pinch-Me / Went to the ocean to bathe; / Adam and Eve got drownded / So which of them all was saved?”  And this would soon be followed by the cry “Mammy, he pinched me!”)

This story of Eden has a very dark ending though, if you read on to the end.