This piece of red ochre was found in Blombos Cave, South Africa, ca. 70,000 ya. It has a meridian, and fuzzy borders covered in the book. It may mark the beginning of our mastery of lunar tracking. Photo by... will update shortly...
The builders of Göbekli Tepe understood lunar standstills, and could predict eclipses, like every other culture in the world today. Gods were born here that would evolve into today's modern religions.
This is part of the Welcome Pillar at Göbekli Tepe. It shows another way lunar standstills were measured at Göbekli Tepe, and it contains evidence they believed eclipses were moments of creation and rebirth, or redistribution, etc. We'll explore it in full detail in the book.
This pillar could look like this only if it was made very close to 9,500 BCE, as you'll see.