Thursday, April 27, 2023

Episode #283: Gobekli Tepe and the Mysteries of Turkey

We are back in the cube from our trip to Turkey, discussing the culture of the country, the beautiful city of Sanliurfa, and the many amazing ancient sites we visited.

After an overview of the trip itself and some brief discussion of other sites like Karahan Tepe, Harran, and Sogmatar, we get into some details about Gobekli Tepe that we observed, as well as some of what we learned from reading the scientific literature associated with the site.

As always, there is more to come. Enjoy!


Thanks very much to everyone who has donated! here are the Producers for Episode #283:

Executive Producers:
Andrea Johnson
Anton Karl
Edward Goy
Jim Coogler

Associate Executive Producers:
Donna Sneden
Adam Knudsen
Roshan Choxi

1 comment:

  1. I got you covered on the Gobekli Tepe papers. There are 2 worth discussing. The original by Klaus made 2 claims-- that the site was ceremonial as opposed to occupational. This was due to no evidence of a water source or household goods. He also said it was intentionally buried "all at once". That distinction is important. The more recent paper was an update and gentle refutation of Klaus's paper. They claim that the burial wasn't "all at once" but in part over different times. That's in line with what you said, but some mistake this to mean that it was buried solely by earthquakes unintentionally which is a hot take for youtube clicks by non-scientist types. The other aspect is that they say they collected rain water and found many household wares like grinding stones to suggest that people did live there. But that could be related to specific cultural layers of subsequent occupants, not original constructors.


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