The State of Religion, Science and Measuring, circa 9,500 BCE
The bird on this pillar (right, or below for some mobile users, Pillar 33) contains the type of highest quality evidence a researcher could ever ask for. Both broadsides independently say the same thing, and it was something that could ONLY have been said within a generation of 9,500 BCE, agreeing with current dating of the site.
In this book, you'll see how our ancestors in South Africa were forced to the coast during the last ice age, as the interior turned to desert. Suddenly, the world's first seafood dinners start showing up in the archaeological record of that time. Associations may have occurred between water, tides, the moon, hard-to-reach shells and red ochre that just might have led to some early symbols we brought with us out of Africa.
This book will attempt to tie those first zigzag designs of the last ice age in South Africa, to similar symbols from modern times. These ideas and symbols may relate to Dan Dennett's "memes", and are likely part of a self-organizing system, now having become so sacred, naturally, over the course of time, that certain pieces continue to propagate without a requirement for a memory of their origins, or even their original meanings. A twentieth century church could be designed by a person who drew direct inspiration from a twelfth century church, for example, which in turn drew all its inspiration from the Byzantine era, which in turn drew on symbols from Mesopotamia, which in turn were from Göbekli Tepe and the broader area, which in turn had roots into the ice age, and so one, and so on, for as long as people first noticed the zigzag pattern in the narrow band above, which we'll cover in detail. And even if they saw it, forgot it, and rediscovered it a thousand times along the way, it seems to have finally taken root in South Africa, around a hundred thousand years ago, as you'll see.
The main goal of this book is to show the meaning behind every single pillar at Göbekli Tepe. This can only be done by understanding the context it was created in, drawing on the people before it, and what was handed down through the rest of prehistory after it. We'll examine the clues available in pottery, figurines, and other art, and the first written stories that were almost certainly related.
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