According to National Geographic Magazine article by Andrew Curry, the excavation and subsequent dating of Gobeckli Tepe site is changing views about the origin of civilization. Were early civilizations built by hunter-gatherers in an age that preceded agriculture? Curry writes:
Since excavations began in 1995, the site in southeastern Turkey has changed the way archaeologists think about the origins of civilization. Its circular structures, with their elaborately carved stones and distinctive, T-shaped pillars, are more than 12,000 years old—older than the invention of agriculture or even pottery.
The early dates have upended the idea that agriculture led to civilization. Scholars long thought that when hunter-gatherers settled down and started growing crops, the resulting food surplus made it possible for people to organize complex societies.
Curry reports that circular temples dug up at Gobekli Tepe are to be restored.
I was interested in which direction Rupert Murdoch would take National Geographic. A report on discovery and planned restoration of a 12,000 year old city in Southeastern Turkey is a good start. I guess these ancient ruins were spared from the bombs that hit neighboring Syria. War is incomprehensible.
To build temples this magnificent in a time known as pre-civilization is a powerful testament to human intelligence. According to Curry, there is not much evidence to suggest that this site was used as a permanent residence.
More likely this was a temple built to align with electromagnetic earth grid and the four directions to gather and store energy. And it served as a gathering place for people. Many ancient built sites may have harnessed energy somehow. The way the stones are placed within temple in above photo from Wiki could have been focusing frequency and vibration.
The slope filled in with a series of sunken chambers suggests the site might have also preserved and channelled water.
The 12,000 year old time-frame harkens back to an age of cataclysm on Earth. This temple may have succumbed to a sudden burial by debris soon after it was erected. City of Atlantis, as Plato told it sunk into the sea around the same time. Mayan and Egyptian works of monumental stone may have commenced at that time, as well.
A Leo-age spark had ignited human collective imagination. The laws of working with nature were better understood then, as these great temples do attest.
It’s logical to assume that large-scale projects of that age were built for practical and spiritual reasons. Monumental ancient sites may have served to gather and store energy for use in pre-agricultural communities.