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

Sweatman, Martin B.; Tsikritsis, Dimitrios


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      <affiliation>School of Engineering, University of Edinburgh, King's Buildings, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK. EH9 3JL</affiliation>
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      <creatorName>Tsikritsis, Dimitrios</creatorName>
      <givenName>Dimitrios</givenName>
      <familyName>Tsikritsis</familyName>
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    <title>DECODING GÖBEKLI TEPE WITH ARCHAEOASTRONOMY: WHAT DOES THE FOX SAY?</title>
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  <publisher>Zenodo</publisher>
  <publicationYear>2017</publicationYear>
  <subjects>
    <subject>symbolism</subject>
    <subject>Younger Dryas</subject>
    <subject>comet</subject>
    <subject>Taurid meteor</subject>
    <subject>asterism</subject>
    <subject>coherent catastrophism</subject>
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  <dates>
    <date dateType="Issued">2017-03-16</date>
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    <description descriptionType="Abstract">&lt;p&gt;We have interpreted much of the symbolism of Göbekli Tepe in terms of astronomical events. By matching low-relief carvings on some of the pillars at Göbekli Tepe to star asterisms we find compelling evidence that the famous ‘Vulture Stone’ is a date stamp for 10950 BC ± 250 yrs, which corresponds closely to the proposed Younger Dryas event, estimated at 10890 BC. We also find evidence that a key function of Göbekli Tepe was to observe meteor showers and record cometary encounters. Indeed, the people of Göbekli 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 Göbekli Tepe the ‘smoking gun’ for the Younger-Dryas cometary encounter, and hence for coherent catastrophism?&lt;/p&gt;</description>
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