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Old 08-30-2018, 10:15 AM
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The fascinating thing, as I understand it, is that the Gobekli Teki is carved stone. Even the softer carved stones take a lot of work - the general thought is that complex carved stone construction on a large scale is the result of agriculture followed by settled villages, followed by a surplus that allows a collection of craftsmen to dedicate themselves full time for months and years carving the necessary stonework, plus the heavy labour of moving pieces into position - not to mention the administrative structure to make groups work toward a master plan for years at a time. Obviously this should imply a city-state level of civilization. Teki appears to predate settled heavy agriculture, let alone cities. Who organized and paid for the labour done to make this site, and how?
All it proves is that we don't know quite a lot about the transitional stage of agriculture. Our timeline may be way off, social organization might have been far more complex than we believe.
Stonehenge, for example, is much much younger, and AFAIK the locals were already settled agriculturalists when they organized mving stones over 200km and setting them up; and the level of stone preparation is much less.