Gobekli Tepe decoded

With Dimitrios Tsikritsis, I recently published a paper in the journal 'Mediterranean archaeology and archaeometry' that decodes symbolism at Gobekli Tepe (GT) in the context of the Younger-Dryas (YD) event and coherent catastrophism. Here, we make some additional observations not included in the paper.

To the best of our knowledge, Andrew Collins was the first to suggest a connection between GT and the YD event in his book 'Gobekli Tepe: Genesis of the Gods'. His reasoning was based on his interpretation of various symbolism at GT, mythology, and GT's dating. He made a good guess without any statistical support. A year later, Graham Hancock attempted to decode GT in his book 'Magicians of the Gods' using the ideas of Paul Burley and the YD context provided by Collins, but in our view his logic takes a wrong turn early on, leading him to make some erroneous conclusions. Especially, we oppose Graham's contention that the Vulture Stone predicts an impact 12,000 years into their future - around 2030 AD - this is, of ocurse, impossible. Nevertheless, the docoding of GT had begun.

The excavators at GT have made some comments about our work at Tepe Telegrams online, and we are expecting them to issue a more formal rebuttal soon. We will respond to their rebuttal in due course.

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