Hints of Skull Cult Found at World’s Oldest Temple
There are about 10 000 years, the already marked presence of Gobekli Tepe in southeastern Turkey could have been even more impressive, since human skulls could have hung on what is considered the oldest temple in the world.
According to new research published in Science Advance, three fragments of Neolithic skulls discovered by archaeologists in Gobekli Tepe show a unique post-mortem type change in the skull at the site.
(More information about Gobekli Tepe, the “oldest temple in the world.”)
The deep and proposed linear grooves uniquely altered cranium ever seen in the world in any context, says Julia Gresky, lead author of the study and anthropologist at the German Archaeological Institute in Berlin.
A detailed analysis with a special microscope showed that the grooves were made deliberately with a flint tool. One of the fragments even a drilled hole, resembles skull changes made by the naga people of India who uses the hole to hang the skull in a chain.
Gobekli Tepe Finding what a focus on human heads suggests includes from left to right: a human statue intentionally beheaded, a figure carrying a human head as a gift and a pillar representing an individual without a bird’s head the right)
PHOTOGRAPHY JOHANNES and DIETER KLAUS SCHMIDT, Gobekli Tepe ARCHIVE, the DAI
The marks may appear only on some bone fragments that are between 10 000 and 7000 years old, but archaeologists believe that this discovery is very important and means that the company, like many others in this part of the world time Was a “cult skull” who revered the human skull after death.
“Treatments of the skull are not rare in Anatolia,” said Gresky. She explained that the archaeological remains of other sites in the region indicate that people generally buried their dead, then exhumed, remove skulls and show them creatively.
Other archaeologists have even found that the Neolithic peoples form new faces of the dead with plaster.
(Look at the face behind the skull of Jericho at 9500 years old).
Gobekli Tepe was of particular importance to people living near the Neolithic. “It was not a settlement area, but especially the monumental structures,” says the anthropologist.