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DECODING GÖBEKLI TEPE WITH ARCHAEOASTRONOMY: WHAT DOES THE FOX SAY?

Sweatman, Martin B.; Tsikritsis, Dimitrios


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{
  "publisher": "Zenodo", 
  "DOI": "10.5281/zenodo.400780", 
  "author": [
    {
      "family": "Sweatman, Martin B."
    }, 
    {
      "family": "Tsikritsis, Dimitrios"
    }
  ], 
  "issued": {
    "date-parts": [
      [
        2017, 
        3, 
        16
      ]
    ]
  }, 
  "abstract": "<p>We have interpreted much of the symbolism of G\u00f6bekli Tepe in terms of astronomical events. By matching low-relief carvings on some of the pillars at G\u00f6bekli Tepe to star asterisms we find compelling evidence that the famous \u2018Vulture Stone\u2019 is a date stamp for 10950 BC \u00b1 250 yrs, which corresponds closely to the proposed Younger Dryas event, estimated at 10890 BC. We also find evidence that a key function of G\u00f6bekli Tepe was to observe meteor showers and record cometary encounters. Indeed, the people of G\u00f6bekli Tepe appear to have had a special interest in the Taurid meteor stream, the same meteor stream that is proposed as responsible for the Younger-Dryas event. Is G\u00f6bekli Tepe the \u2018smoking gun\u2019 for the Younger-Dryas cometary encounter, and hence for coherent catastrophism?</p>", 
  "title": "DECODING G\u00d6BEKLI TEPE WITH ARCHAEOASTRONOMY: WHAT DOES THE FOX SAY?", 
  "type": "article-journal", 
  "id": "400780"
}
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