By Sarah Knapton
April 22, 2017
Ancient stone carvings confirm that a comet struck the Earth around 11,000BC, a devastating event which wiped out wooly mammoths and sparked the rise of civilizations.
Experts at the University of Edinburgh analyzed mysterious symbols carved onto stone pillars at Gobekli Tepe in southern Turkey, to find out if they could be linked to constellations.
The markings suggest that a swarm of comet fragments hit Earth at the exact same time that a mini-ice age struck, changing the entire course of human history.
Scientists have speculated for decades that a comet could be behind the sudden fall in temperature during a period known as the Younger Dryas. But recently the theory appeared to have been debunked by new dating of meteor craters in North America where the comet is thought to have struck.
However, when engineers studied animal carvings made on a pillar – known as the vulture stone – at Gobekli Tepe they discovered that the creatures were actually astronomical symbols which represented constellations and the comet.
The idea had been originally put forward by author Graham Hancock in his book Magicians of the Gods.
Using a computer programme to show where the constellations would have appeared above Turkey thousands of years ago, they were able to pinpoint the comet strike to 10,950BC, the exact time the Younger Dryas begins according to ice core data from Greenland.
The Younger Dryas is viewed as a crucial period for humanity, as it roughly coincides with the emergence of agriculture and the first Neolithic civilisations.
Before the strike, vast areas of wild wheat and barley had allowed nomadic hunters in the Middle East to establish permanent base camps. But the difficult climate conditions following the impact forced communities to come together and work out new ways of maintaining the crops, through watering and selective breeding. Thus farming began, allowing the rise of the first towns.
Edinburgh researchers said the carvings appear to have remained important to the people of Gobekli Tepe for millennia, suggesting that the event and cold climate that followed likely had a very serious impact.
April 22, 2017
According to scientists, intricate stone carvings found at Göbekli Tepe—the oldest temple on Earth—are evidence that a come impacted Earth around 11,000BC, a cataclysmic event that wiped out wooly mammoths, giving rise to civilizations. Curiously, Graham Hancock presented this idea in his book Magicians of the Gods before experts even decided to see if there was a connection between the symbols and constellations in the sky.
For decades scientists have speculated that the impact of a comet could have caused the sudden drop in temperature during the period known as the younger Dryas—a crucial period in mankind’s history believed to coincide with the beginnings of agriculture and the first Neolithic civilizations.
In the past, analysis of meteor craters in North America where the comet is believed to have struck seemed to discredit that theory, but new evidence points otherwise.
In an investigation by experts at the University of Edinburgh, which analyzed mysterious symbols carved from stone pillars in Göbekli Tepe in southern Turkey, scientists discovered the depiction of a devastating impact that marked history, changing our world like never before.
Scientists analyzed the intricate stone carvings at Göbekli Tepe and asked whether the symbols carved onto the massive stone pillars are related to constellations.
Experts studied animal carvings made on one particular pillar known as the vulture stone and found that the animals are in fact astronomical symbols. With the help of sophisticated computer software, scientists matched the symbols to patterns in the sky, finding that they related to an event that occurred around 10,950 BC.
As scientists explain, the symbols carved on the stone pillars relate to a cosmic event which is believed to have been the break-up of a massive comet from the inner solar system, precisely during the period known as the Younger Dryas. This period is considered as a crucial stage for humanity since it coincides with the appearance of agriculture and the first Neolithic civilizations reports The Telegraph.
Interestingly, way before scientists even decided to take a look whether the animals carved at the stone pillars of Göbekli Tepe were related in any way to constellations in the sky, Graham Hancock presented this idea in his book Magicians of the Gods.
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