Some great views of Venice from above. As you may know, Venice is a series of islands where an ancient city has been built. It is slowly sinking as the ground the structures were built on are swampland.
Rarely do we get to see it from above.
In Kurdish Turkey they’ve discovered a temple buried under the hills. It was buried deliberately many thousands of years ago. How many?
Carbon-dating shows that the complex is at least 12,000 years old, maybe even 13,000 years old.
That means it was built around 10,000BC. By comparison, Stonehenge was built in 3,000 BC and the pyramids of Giza in 2,500 BC.
Gobekli is thus the oldest such site in the world, by a mind-numbing margin. It is so old that it predates settled human life. It is pre-pottery, pre-writing, pre-everything. Gobekli hails from a part of human history that is unimaginably distant, right back in our hunter-gatherer past.
How did cavemen build something so ambitious? Schmidt speculates that bands of hunters would have gathered sporadically at the site, through the decades of construction, living in animal-skin tents, slaughtering local game for food.
The many flint arrowheads found around Gobekli support this thesis; they also support the dating of the site.
This revelation, that Stone Age hunter-gatherers could have built something like Gobekli, is worldchanging, for it shows that the old hunter-gatherer life, in this region of Turkey, was far more advanced than we ever conceived – almost unbelievably sophisticated.
The location is accurate. Based on accounts of where Eden once lay. To primitive people, the once lush plain would have seemed like a paradise as it was teeming with game. But as humans over hunted and exploited the area, it would have become run down and thus the story of man corrupting nature would have been born. A story still in focus today.
Just follow the links at the end of the video to continue.
He gave a rousing speech that’s getting plenty of attention.
Some amazing photos from under the sea.
Obama is two faced at the very least on Iraq. He recently stated troops will stay longer, after claiming he would be withdrawing them. Here’s evidence that he and Biden fought the surge, tried to undermine it. But is now basically saying what Bush was saying all along. That things can work in Iraq given more time.